My State of the Nation - 2004
For those who are willing to face it, this Nation was clearly founded as a Christian nation, but with a tolerance and a welcome for those of other faiths who wish the same freedoms as our fathers obtained for us. Our Founding Fathers recognized the Providence of God in providing our inalienable rights and our freedom from tyranny. God has also blessed us and made our Nation to prosper above all other nations.
Now, apparently, many of us have begun to think that we did it all by ourselves, that we no longer need God. To some, a reference to God has become an offense. There are those who are trying, with some success, to remove these references from our public life. Those who don't believe in God don't worry, but those of us who do, should be concerned, not for ourselves but for the nation and the world.
One of the earlier influences against God in this country was the teaching of Evolution, and the idea that God was not needed to explain all that lives. In all these years, Evolution has never been proven, yet it has been apparently been accepted by most scientists. It is taught in our schools.
Today, I heard a panel of speakers talking about the state of women's health. It was said that breast cancer, and some other cancers, are caused by a group of sexually-transmitted viruses. With this news and what we know of AIDS and other STDs, God's laws on sexual relations should make a whole lot of sense. Today's amoral attitudes, and the kind of relationships depicted in our entertainment do not.
Our economy is in crisis. Not enough jobs. Many of our jobs don't pay enough to support one person, let alone a family. Two or three incomes are needed sometimes. I am not against women working, but the family is not as strong without the mother in the home.
God planned for the family to have a father and a mother. Single parents can do a remarkable job, and I applaud those who are in that position, who are doing so, but it is not how God intended it, and the responsibility for the failure is ours, not His.
He told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. He expects us to have many children and to raise them in His ways. Looking back at my family history, many of my ancestors had ten or more children. That is certainly an exception today.
We seem to have decided that the world is full and that we shouldn't have but one or two. The world is not full. We are living longer, and that is not bad, but the elderly need to be supported by the working, and that number is diminishing while those needing their support are increasing in number. Is it any wonder that Social Security is in trouble?
Marriage today is in trouble. It was intended to be a sacred bond between a man, a woman, and God. It was meant to be eternal. Our civil governments can only make temporary bonds, and they are becoming more fragile than ever. In my State, one needs no reason to get a divorce other than that one of the partners wants it. Now the pressure is mounting to make marriage meaningless except for tax, insurance, and survivor benefits.
If we allow chaos to be considered normal, chaos is what we will have. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
March 28, 2004