A Nation Adrift
By Dan Qurollo
Like a ship that is adrift, America has tragically drifted far from the principles on which our nation was founded. We are witnessing an increasing anti-God agenda being forced at an alarming rate. Crime rates are soaring to unprecedented levels, and police morale is at an all-time low in our nation’s history. My heart grieves when I consider the direction to which our nation is digressing.
Proverbs 14:34 reminds us, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” For decades, our nation has turned its back on God, and we are witnessing the fruit of decisions made years ago. In 1962, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prayer was a violation of the First Amendment because it represented the establishment of religion. In 1963, corporate reading of the Bible was prohibited. These rulings forever altered the principles upon which our nation was founded, for the education of countless children would be impacted. Evolution has long been taught in public education as a fact. Evolution is more than an explanation of the origin of things; it is an attempt to eliminate God. When God is eliminated from any society, its citizens will soon begin acting as though there is no God, a reality that we are watching unfold before our very eyes.
Society has begun a downward spiral that will continue to lead to destructive conduct by redefining the nature of truth and portraying it as something relative and therefore constantly shifting. To the average person in society, moral absolutes do not exist. Sadly, this same attitude has crept into our churches. Individuals who adopt this system of belief reason that individuals should be permitted to do as they please. For many, that is the very essence of freedom as they seek to redefine freedom as the absence of restraint.
Those who advocate the elimination of moral absolutes are often inconsistent in their thinking. They will be in favor of this when there is a perceived advantage to them, regardless of whether it is. If there is something that is perceived as being advantageous, they are in favor of eliminating moral absolutes. However, they abandon their philosophy the moment that someone else’s actions are perceived as being detrimental to them. They might reason that it is acceptable for someone to steal if circumstances seem to warrant it; however, they will insist that stealing is wrong if they are the victims of stealing, perhaps even calling the police if their home is broken into. Many of those claiming there are no moral absolutes have security cameras and alarms to protect their private property and/or businesses. The idea that moral absolutes do not exist is, in most cases, not a deeply held belief; it is a philosophy that is inconsistently applied.
No society is capable of existing when its citizens abandon the concept of moral absolutes. How a person thinks determines how he acts. Those who believe their actions have no consequences will act as though their actions have no consequences. On the other hand, those who regard one’s actions as having consequences will likewise act accordingly.
We must realize the dangerous path our nation is seeking and the perhaps irreversible consequences such a direction will produce. For those who are believers, we must search prayerfully (Psalm 139:23-24), pray fervently (1 Thessalonians 5:17), witness faithfully (Matthew 5:16), and stand boldly (1 Peter 3:17), regardless of what we might face.