Our world seems to be getting morally worse with each passing day. Tv, media, radio, books, and internet are all inundated with sin filled content. I mean, it wasn’t long ago that our president, Barack Obama, labeled America as a nation of ‘ideas’ rather than a nation founded on Godly principles.
But think back with me a few hundred years, to a time when prayer and Bible reading was a part of our everyday school systems. When teachers would lead their students in a word of prayer to our Savior. When the Bible was used as a primary textbook for not only reading, but character and moral training as well. To when the main concerns of parents were talking in class, and gum chewing, instead of teen suicide, drug abuse, or school shootings. Oh how I wish we could go back. Go back to a time before prayer and Bible reading were ripped from our schools…
Since prayer was removed in 1962 violence has been on the rise. Although, other events have impacted our school children, such as the increasing levels of violence and sex on television and the media; the banning of prayer is one of the most significant events affecting Americans. But again don’t take my word for it…
According to Wikipedia the top offences in Schools prior to prayer being removed were: Talking, Gum Chewing, Making Noise, Running in the Halls, Cutting in Line, Dress Code Violations, and Littering.
After prayer was removed: Rape; Robbery; Assault; Burglary; Arson; Bombings; Murder; Suicide; Absenteeism; Vandalism; Extortion; Drug abuse; Alcohol abuse; Gang warfare; Pregnancies; Abortions; Venereal disease. (None of the previous top seven made the list!!)
You see, God brought peace, love, joy, happiness, gentleness, goodness, amongst many other good qualities, to our society. But once America had taken God out of the picture, these characteristics slowly faded. Not that they do not exist, just that they are few and far between.
Let’s assume you are a bit of a skeptic, possibly an atheist. You could say this, “Well, of course it was better with God in society because people believed they had to answer to someone for their actions. However in reality it just kept them a moral person.” Let’s assume that were true. If so where did the moral come from? We are not naturally good people, as the Bible states. That’s a fact we are all well aware of. It’s so much easier to be a bad person because of our sin nature, and anyone who is anyone can not deny that fact. So with that said, God is the only god that brings life, love, and these qualities to us.
“Everything good and perfect is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
Christ’s reality is written all over the very wallpaper of what made our country great. We can not deny that God is a part of our very foundation. But most importantly we need to remember that regardless of what lies in our past or our future; we need to continually look to God for all our needs, for he is the ultimate comforter. . .
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation..” 2 Cor. 1:3
Lets give thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving for his comfort during our times of tribulation here in America.
Love you all!