ESSAY: America --- Lost its Spiritual Moorings...

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America --- A Society that has Lost its Spiritual Moorings

America has troubles. Some think it is because we have drifted away from old fashioned values and the old fashioned religion. What do you think? Soaring divorce rates. Rampant fornication and adultery. Millions cohabiting. Murder, crime and violence. Pornography everywhere. Homosexuality brazenly exerting itself. Youth turning to drugs. Suicide. Child abuse. Wife abuse. What is happening? Do you know? Could it be that those old fashioned values were what held things together? Rampant crime, violence. Marital problems. Confused and angry children. Alcoholism. Drugs. Suicide. 

A progressive America. Ready to try the old fashioned values and the old fashioned religion again? No? Wait a little longer. Playboy Magazine. And Playgirl. The symbols of a new age. The great, free, progressive and liberal age. Like it? Some don't. Violence. Murder. Crime. Promiscuity. Pornography. Lying. Cheating. Stealing. All are simply "freedom in the extreme". Freedom is good? Really? Axiomatically? Freedom is good. We all know that. It is an axiom. But note that the concepts of Truthfulness, Honesty and Fidelity all imply "restraint" and "restraint" is the antithesis of Freedom. If freedom is good is restraint bad? The Playboy philosophy. 

The new foundation for a new America. But what kind of foundation is it? What is the measure of a man? That which lies in the heart and soul of a man. That is the measure of a man. Dare to be different! Dare to stand alone! Dare to serve the Lord God of Heaven. And he will bless you. There is one measure of a man. Only one. The moral measure. No other measure is important beside that one. Not natural ability, not education, not achievement, not power, not social status, not wealth. God looks at only one thing: how a man measures in the moral sense, how he measures in regard to integrity, honesty, morality, goodness and character. 

And by this measure an illiterate man may be worth more than the most literate and the poorest worth more than the most wealthy. Be sure your sin will find you out. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Are we a Christian nation? Can any nation that is basically and fundamentally licentious and immoral legitimately view itself as Christian? Modern American society. What kind of society is it? Our speech and humor tells. So does our dress. And our music. And our drama. Has any licentious, immoral and degenerate society ever endured long in the history of man? Then how can we hope to endure? Can you solve the crime problem by more policemen? Or the marriage crisis by more marriage counselors? 

No. To solve any problem you must attack the basic cause and root of the problem. And the basic cause and root of these problems and of essentially all of America's problems is its spiritual problem. America has left God and his principles and has found itself with no spiritual foundation. The spiritual vacuum in America. The basic root and cause of all of our problems. The problems of crime, divorce, alcoholism, drugs, suicide, etc. are all spiritual problems at their root. Can any society that conflicts with Christianity in its very basic tenets legitimately view itself as Christian? Can any society based on licentiousness, immorality, materialism and atheism legitimately view itself as Christian? Licentiousness.

Immorality. Indecency. Pornography. They never existed alongside integrity, honesty and character you know. They never have and never will. Licentiousness. Immorality. Indecency. Pornography. A spit in the face of God. The twentieth century. An era of confusion and emotional disarray. The problem? God has been dethroned by Progress, Science, the Psychologist and the Psychiatrist. The modern age. An age of deep confusion and frustration. The problem? Personal prudence, common sense, wisdom and godly principles have been dethroned. Now we know nothing. The sole authority and arbiter of truth is Science, the Psychologist and the Psychiatrist. The modern age. An age of deep personal confusion and frustration. Millions are running to the psychiatrists. 

What is the problem? A subtle and treacherous transposition. Suddenly wrong is right and right is wrong; Truth is lie and lie truth. That is the problem. Science. The Psychiatrist. The psychologist. The new arbiters of right and wrong, truth and lie, good and bad. The new gods shaping a new society. America has many problems, doesn't she? Crime. Marital problems. Drugs. Alcoholism. Emotional problems. No. America has only one problem. Only one. A spiritual problem. The "New Morality"? It is nothing new --- just the old immorality. And it will bring the same consequences. Morality, integrity, honesty and character. Tokens of a bygone age --- the Victorian Age. Old fashioned values from an old fashioned book --- the Bible.

The Playboy philosophy. The new foundation for a new America. But how solid a foundation is it? Is it really an adequate replacement for that old Victorian foundation? America. A ship cut loose from her moorings. What moorings? Those Victorian moorings --- old fashioned principles from an old fashioned book. And where do you think the ship will go now that she is cut loose?

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)


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