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I suppose my readership would increase if I wrote about Donald Trump. Or politics. Who is right; who is wrong. Who is to blame for whatever “breaking news” drives across the media’s headlights.

I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to do this:

I love this nation, but I, like all Christians, must face the biblical truth that the United States is, like other countries, one that the Lord has raised up and can cast down for His own purposes. For now, despite past sins and the troubles of the hour, we have been raised up. However, anyone paying attention will know that we as a people are on a road to moral destruction.

Donald Trump has nothing to do with this. Neither he, the legislative branch, nor the judicial branch can control it; neither can they stop it. It is the direction that an increasing majority of our population has embraced. For a time, cultural Judeo-Christianity kept the decline mostly in check. However, much has changed over the last fifty years or so. For example, the sin of “free sex” has been heartily welcomed by an overwhelming majority of our citizens. It is common to see movies where a man and a woman who fall in love—or really, just meet in a grocery aisle—proceed to have intimate relations, if not within a few minutes, at least that very night. Such encounters are shown in varying degrees of intimacy, the least offensive ones only revealing the couple awakening the next morning in bed together. This attitude toward sexual immorality is called “sexual liberation.” A woman commenting on the film A Private War, starring Rosamund Pike, who portrayed the life of deceased journalist Marie Colvin, remarked that Ms. Colvin “took men wherever she found them.” That’s an elitist and euphemistic way of describing a woman who had multiple sexual partners indiscriminately. Such films rarely mention the possibility of venereal disease from such encounters. The CDC reports that all STDs have increased since 2013: chlamydia, 22%, gonorrhea, 67%, primary and secondary syphilis, 76%, and congenital syphilis, 154%.1 But who cares? “Free” sex is mandatory. Today, men and women are ridiculed for remaining chaste until marriage. Almost nowhere in this culture will people utter a word that such actions are sins against the Lord God Almighty. If sexual morality were spoken of this way, it would be in connection with some strange Christian cult that keeps women in bondage.

This sexual immorality is also common in the Church. Christians have caved to the “sexually free” culture. When I was the marriage and family pastor for two large churches, many couples wanting to get married would not forgo the pleasures of living together before marriage and thus had to be turned away. The biblical proof texts for the sin of sexual immorality—once called fornication—are many, but here’s one from Jesus: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19). 2

Although “sexual liberation” has become the dominant reality for over fifty years, it was not always so, although sexual immorality and adultery have been simmering under the culture’s surface since the beginnings of the American experience. Read a biography about Benjamin Franklin, for example.

In addition, homosexuality has become an accepted behavior in the United States, but is clearly an abominable sin against God:

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:26–27).

“Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9b-10).

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).

However, it has become a shameless act that Christians are to celebrate, not oppose. To oppose it identifies a person as a homophobe. Interesting choice of words, isn’t it? Such people are afraid, apparently, of homosexuality. However, that is not how the word is applied. To be a homophobe is to be a bigot, comparable to being a racist. “Why aren’t you happy that people are just loving each other? Why are you so full of hate?” I often wonder what an interview with the men in Sodom and Gomorrah who were demanding entrance to Lot’s home would look like.

I could go on at length about the immoral condition of the United States. (You may have noticed I didn’t address abortion, as I have in the past.) It is sad to me. Mind-bendingly perplexing. Tragic.

I pray for this nation often, as Christians have since its inception. However, if we think the United States is not hurtling toward increasing God-mocking lawlessness, our heads are in the sand. My Charismatic and Pentecostal friends tell me they have heard prophecies about a great revival coming. I sincerely hope those prophecies are right, although the words from the Lord I hear are the opposite:

Judgment is coming. However, the Lord is merciful and long-suffering. Lord, be merciful to us. Forgive us for our sins, which must surely mount up to heaven.



2All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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