Sunday, September 09, 2012

Flip-Flopped Values

-- We ridicule the absolute truth of God’s Word but call it pluralism.
-- We worship other gods but call it multiculturalism.
-- We endorse perversion but called it an alternative lifestyle.
-- We exploit the poor but call it the lottery.
-- We reward laziness but call it welfare.
-- We kill the pre-born but call it choice.
-- We don’t discipline our children but call it building self esteem.
-- We abuse power but call it political savvy.
-- We covet our neighbor's possessions but call it ambition.
-- We pollute the air with profanity/pornography but call it free speech
-- We ridicule the values of our forefathers but call it enlightenment.

· “No one can be certain of the future. Cultures in decline have, unpredictably, turned themselves around before. Perhaps through the providence of God, ours will too. Perhaps, ultimately, we will become so sick of the moral and aesthetic environment that is growing in America that stricter standards will be imposed democratically or by moral disapproval… If its intellectual and moral bankruptcy is repeatedly exposed, perhaps modern liberalism will die of shame…"
·   "A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. If a nation ... nourishes its own people and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others, it will be a light to all nations in the world."

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Despotism or Anarchy? Not the Only Choices!

"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few."
-- John Adams, An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, 1763
"For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy ... the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments."
-- Governor Morris, A Diary of the French Revolution, 1792
When we no longer turn to the religion of the Creator as revealed in His inspired Book, the Bible for our moral, then we are doomed as a people! There is no doubt that economics is a big issue in this years' elections but the problem with economics is not economics - its divine economics. The first rule of divine economics is to "deny self" (Luke 9:23).