A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
America; the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” A nation that guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” A “shining city” set on a hill with “equal justice under law.” A “beacon of light” to all mankind. The bastion of “freedom and democracy.” “wind swept and God blessed” from “sea to shining sea.”
For over four centuries Americans have professed and lived these values. We’re a nation founded by people of virtue, honor, integrity and a deep and abiding love of God and appreciation for the sanctity of human life. On the base of the Statue of Liberty are the words:
Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me
I lift my light beside the golden door
America was the land the world envied and yearned to be a part of. It was the great experiment in democracy that became the model of freedom for all the world to see. America was in every sense of the word a land of opportunity and a “Culture of Life.”
It is only in a democracy where the citizens of a nation determine the level of national morality and the type of culture in which they wish to live. They make this determination first in their own family, then their community and ultimately, through the ballot box, the entire nation. A look back over the past forty years reveals a lot about the cultural changes Americans have chosen over the past two generations.
Some time in the mid-sixties during the Viet Nam War, drugs were introduced on the streets of our cities in large numbers. It was not long until this addiction found its way into every community of our land. As this addiction combined itself with the “sexual revolution”, “communes” and “free love” became a way of life for many. We also learned the meaning of the word “overdosed.” A culture of “love and free-living” resulted in a Culture of Death.
About the same time it was determined that prayer had no place in our public schools. Children who were not taught moral values in the home would no longer be taught them in the schools of America and some who were taught these values at home had them challenged by their teachers, particularly in our colleges and universities. God became an abstract being and the Bible was reduced to a book of common virtue. The concept of eternal live and judgment has become a Culture of Death, in which existence ends at the grave.
In the early seventies another term found its way into the hearts and minds of America. Abortion was determined to be the constitutional right of every young girl who had been released from the moral restraints that had been imposed on her parents. The unborn child was relegated to a non-human status, and could, therefore, be destroyed at the whelm of the parent. The most dangerous place to live in America became the mother’s womb and to date over forty-five million children have been slaughtered in the name of a “woman’s right to choose.” The sanctity of human life had become a Culture of Death.
Assisted Suicide and euthanasia found their way into acceptance by much of our population be the late seventies and early eighties. This was done in the name of “death with dignity.” The old, the infirm, the incapacitated, and yes, the inconvenient all became subject to legal extermination by one means or another. The society which for generations had prided itself a protector of the weak, the disabled, and the infirm had become a Culture of Death.
By the early nineties we were introduced, compliments of the homosexual community, to a disease called Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome, or for short AIDS. Through drug needle sharing and prostitution this disease found its way into the heterosexual community as well. That which is called an “alternative lifestyle” has also become a “Culture of Death.”
By the year 2000 stem cell research was being promoted as a panacea of cures for all sorts of neurological damage and disease. This research requires the destruction of embryonic human beings. Nevertheless, American’s of every stripe are accepting this destruction of human life with no reluctance. What was once legitimate scientific medical research has now become a Culture of Death.
Since the arriving of the pilgrims four hundred years ago, the traditional family has been the bedrock of American society. Our government, our legal system and our churches were all designed to protect and promote the welfare of the family. Today the traditional family is under attack as never before in our history. The concept of one man, one woman, is being replaced by a system whereby any two or more individuals, regardless of sex, or age may join themselves together be recognized as a family by our society.
When prayer was in our schools guns weren’t. Today we are seeing a rash of young children bringing guns to school and shooting and killing their classmates and teachers. What which was once a climate of education has become a Culture of Death.
Finally, to accommodate all of the above changes, every vestige of God and the Bible is being removed from our public square. Our Pledge of Allegiance and National motto have been declared “unconstitutional” because they contain the word God. The faith of our fathers in the blessings and protection of the God who has sustained this nation for over four hundred years is being replaced by a multi-cultural system which denies the God of Heaven yet recognizes and accepts every pagan god and pagan religion professed on these shores.
And what is the result of all these deviations from the American culture that was the light of the world?
As I look at the news on my TV tonight I hear about a pop star and icon for many of our youth who is on trial for sexually molesting a young boy. I see the stars of baseball admitting to using steroid drugs to enhance their performance on the playing field while thousands of young aspiring athletics mimic these “heroes,” many at the cost of their lives. America’s favorite pastime has also become a Culture of Death.
I see where nine people are murdered by a teenager who our Supreme Court has determined is mature enough to operate an automobile on our public streets but is too immature to be punished with his life if he chooses to take the life of nine others.
I see the story of a 46-year-old sexual predator, twice before tried and convicted, released to rape and murder a 9-year-old girl in Florida.
And, what is possibly the most heart wrenching story of all, a woman in Florida is being starved to death at the request of her husband, in the name of death with dignity, so he may receive the balance of her insurance settlement to support his girlfriend and their two children. It is especially appalling that pollsters are telling us that most Americans support his position.
Our media takes great pride in keeping a running total of every single death taking place among our young men and women fighting to bring freedom to others, but where they when it comes to keeping a running count of the millions who have been slaughtered as a result of the cultural values which the same media has promoted?
The terrorist who seek the destruction of America are far less of a danger to our national welfare than the activist judges in the courts of America who have sanctioned, legalized, and promoted the values that have turned our nation into a Culture of Death.
What has happened to my America? And what is more important, how long will the good people of America remain silent while these evils destroy the moral fabric of our nation today and our very existence tomorrow?
This is the question that our children and grandchildren will look back and ask.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7: 14
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