No doubt, these are turbulent times. Just the other day, I caught the end of a news story that was reporting on another mass shooting. I felt saddened by the news, but then my mind raced to something else. That was it for me-about 10 seconds of sadness. Without thinking of the crushing grief many families would now have to endure, I was becoming numb to the frequent tragic headlines of today.
Terrorist attacks, individuals attacking police, increasing racial tensions, an increasing slide in morals, hardening of partisan positions, growing independence of children (at earlier ages), on and on, I could go. Sadly, the look of American culture today is losing any resemblance to America, just a few decades ago.
With that in mind, I came across a quote from our second American president, John Adams that gives an insightful reason America is having the problems it is today:
“our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”
Like a dysfunctional home that abandons teenagers to live out life apart from any parental influence or their presence (and sadly, I am hearing more and more stories like this), America today seems to be living in a teenage state of independence and rebellion thinking primarily of themselves, and looking to live free from authorities.
We live in a time where the trend is to do what you want to, free from anyone telling you its wrong. The issue of whether or not to Remove Christmas mangers is old news. Today, the issue is whether or not we can even say the words, “Merry Christmas” ( I understand our political representatives can no longer say those words in Christmas greetings to their constituents). It is increasingly becoming evident that as a society we are choosing to live as if God did not exist.
Which only leads me back to President Adams’ quote: ” our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ”
If we, as a population are voting with our courts and representatives that God does not exist, I wonder how long it will be before we, as a country, cease to exist.