Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:
- Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
- Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
- Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
- Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
- Revisionist education in the public schools.
- The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
- Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
- And much more…
After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Choosing Community Over Christ
Christian college considers same-sex employees
By Nikolas Grosfield
Most Sunday school children know Samson was the strongest man who ever lived. According to the Book of Judges, Samson killed 1,000 soldiers with the jawbone of a donkey and slayed a lion with his bare hands. He pushed over the pillars of a temple and killed 3,000 of his enemies, along with himself. He also served as a judge over Israel for 20 years during the time of the Philistines (Judges 15:20)
Aside from his physical prowess, Samson was very weak when it came to sexual temptation. His infamous affair with Delilah proved fatal. In addition, he had already pursued other objectionable women and foolish, illicit relationships.
Yet as bad as Samson was, the nation of Israel only slides downhill after his death. Illicit sex and violence shot up, God’s patience wore thin, and Israel fell into civil war. By means of post-war reconstruction, the victors were so far from God that they told the losers, who were still farther from God, to kidnap hundreds of virgins in order to repopulate themselves.
Christians today often resemble the ancient Israelites. Many let adultery, pornography, premarital sex, and even abortion into their lives. Excuses are commonly individualistic and situational, like Samson’s were. Homosexual activists in churches opt for the communal logic of latter Judges: diversity, equality, and love.
Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia will start a six-month “listening process” in January on the matter of “hiring policies and practices with respect to individuals in same-sex relationships.” The school board unanimously approved holding this “community discussion.” The board said they desire to practice “biblical discernment in community” while letting employees “articulate their personal beliefs and values.”
Ironically, the university dismissed two professors in 2003 and 2004 for “homosexual behavior.” President Loren Swartzendruber stated then that the school hires and fires based on action, not orientation. The campus newspaper cited the president as believing “sexual relationships outside of marriage, including homosexual relationships,” violated Eastern’s Campus Lifestyle Commitment – which all employees and students must sign.
A decade later, the same-sex issue has left Swartzendruber sounding like a politician: “Unilateral decision-making leads to broken relationships and rogue actions. Collaborative decision-making means that a community is functioning well.” Paradoxically, he states that “one responsibility of leadership is to help define reality,” while noting that Mennonites and Christians around the country are wrestling with the topic at hand.
Lots of students at Eastern Mennonite University appear to want a more “inclusive” campus. The archives of The Weather Vane, the school newspaper, show 15-20 articles in 2012 and 2013 that address same-sex themes. At least half the columns treat the subject impartially, but all the others advocate greater sexual autonomy. None of them promote a biblical view of sex and marriage.
Many of these articles call for understanding and accepting people of all sexual persuasions. This helps foster a community in which everyone gets along, or so goes the view. One article claimed correctly that gays and lesbians often “are treated as an issue rather than as a person.” A warning like this must be pondered.
However, the reverse can also be true. Conservatives are often demonized as haters, exclusivists, and judgmental, when in fact, many of them simply hold to views that have been passed down to them through ancient texts and – get ready – communities.
One honest student wrote about a strong conservative friend, while she herself is strongly liberal. She has to “listen, practice tolerance, and work to communicate” – but she has “swallowed [her] pride and assumptions, and allowed for the possibility that this amazing woman was as loving as me.” This blend of attitude and discipline – which mirrors what an Eastern Mennonite University faculty member once said to this writer – far surpasses fake, selective tolerance.
The Book of Judges concludes with these words: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) As grim as this is, and as much as it may sound like contemporary America, hope abounds. God’s people rebelled time and again for about 800 years after Moses. “Yet when they turned and cried to You, You heard from heaven, and many times You delivered them according to Your mercies.” (Nehemiah 9:28)
Moral depravity in American churches far predates the homosexual movement. But if repentance occurs, God may let Christians in the United States love and serve Him for a few more centuries.
Please pray for this in your state, your church, your workplace, your family, and in your own heart.
Nikolas Grosfield edits media reports on U.S. foreign policy and national security. He has a B.A. in History from Cedarville University and has written more than 90 articles. A proud Montanan, Nik and his bride and young son currently live in the Middle East.
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