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What difference does it make?

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It’s the question of our time – an age of moral relativism.

“What difference does it make?”

You hear it from kids in public school. You hear it from top officials of government.

When right and wrong are matters of opinion, every man does what’s right in his own eyes. The result is always chaos.

Let me give you some examples:

  • What difference does it make if prayer and Bible reading is banned in public schools? Supreme Court decisions in 1963 through 1965 have given us the answer nearly 50 years later. Evolution is no longer taught as a “theory” in schools. It’s a matter of fact, despite the fact there is no proof and little evidence to support it. Secular humanism is the official religion of the state. The result? Look at the headlines. “Another teacher charged with sexually abusing students.” “STDs skyrocket among schoolkids.” “Illiteracy at all-time high.” “Bullying reaches epidemic in schools.”
  • What difference does it make if we stop going to church and synagogue? “Fewer Americans think traditional morality is relevant.”
  • What difference does it make if we stop reading the Bible? “Youth shoots baby in the face.” “Flash mob leads to looting spree.”
  • What difference does it make if the church stops serving the community? “Government spending hits all-time high.”
  • What difference does it make if we abort babies in the womb as a matter of convenience? “Students kill in school massacre.” “Youth opens fire on Mother’s Day parade.”
  • What difference does it make if you hand out condoms in school rather than teach sexual responsibility? “Another female teacher convicted of sex with students.” “Sexting the new rage among teens.”
  • What difference does it make if open homosexuality is permitted in military ranks? “Report: 22 soldiers commit suicide every day.” “Sexual assaults rampant in military.”
  • What difference does it make if the traditional family is destroyed? “Fatherlessness linked to exploding prison populations.” “Single mother households usually spells poverty.” “Domestic violence against women increases.” “Number of homeless youth increasing.”
  • What difference does it make if we ban the Ten Commandments in public places? “Crime rates soar in cities.”

I know many people will look at all this and see no cause-and-effect relationship.

That’s what I would expect in a morally relativistic age.

“What difference does it make?”

Nothing matters.

Prove it.

There are no consequences for sin and immorality. In fact, there is no such thing as sin and immorality. They are simply matters of opinion.

There is no God. And, if there is, He doesn’t have any requirements for us other than those I imagine.

That’s the reigning ethos in America today.

And it’s leading us to destruction.

Do I expect politicians and the cultural elite to suddenly see this?

Not at all.

But I do expect believers to get it – and to do something about it.

What’s that?

I expect real believers to follow the scriptural prescription for times like these. It’s found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

It’s a Word directly from the Creator of the universe to “His people, which are called by His name.”

Is that you?

If it is, read it. Study it. Pray for understanding. And then follow it to the letter and in the spirit.

It’s the only hope for America, I’m convinced.

And that’s why I have called for a special national day of prayer and repentance Sept. 11. I’m not asking anyone except real believers to participate. I’m not trying to convince non-believers with this message. There wouldn’t be any point. The time is short.

Here’s the good news: I’m already seeing fruit from this plan. I’m exceedingly gratified at the response to this call. I genuinely believe that following this prescription will not only result in the healing of this land, it will be evident to many that it is a miraculous work of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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