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Cultural Decline

Cultural DeclineTowards the end of the age society is to decline in morals, values, etc. There will be a huge rise in immorality, hedonism, humanism, situation ethics, and more. Men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, brutal, disobedient to parents, etc. See Matthew 24, II Timothy 3, Jude 18, and II Peter 3. Love will grow cold. Family values will be mocked. Entertainment will be perverse even for children. It will be “as the days of Noah.” And that describes the 21st Century.

Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

The Aftershocks of Gay Marriage

Originally posted in May 2008

Journalists often talk about whether a story has "legs." Whether it has the ability to walk forward and affect events weeks or months into the future.

Astonishingly, there's been little talk about the long-term effects of the California Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage. But, looking beyond the ruling?'s most obvious implication, the redefinition of marriage, the decision foreshadows a nation in which all citizens will not only be asked to tolerate same-sex marriage, but be required to promote it.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

Going the Way of Rome

Originally posted in April 2008

They say those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I believe the U.S. is slouching toward Rome - and a Cicero is nowhere to be found. Where are we today compared to the empire that lasted 500 years?

* National debt: $10 trillion

* U.S. federal budget over $3 trillion. That's 50 percent higher than it was in 2000.

* Trade deficit: $58 billion

* No meaningful borders, with record immigration levels and no chance for assimilation

* Total breakdown of education system

* No common faith or unifying moral principles that bind the nation together

* Even age-old institutions like marriage and parenthood are being redefined

* In a time of relative peace, our military forces are stationed in more than 100 foreign nations

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Originally posted in February 2008

It seems like every time we read what is happening in our world today, there is a lot of bad news. I think we all could use some good news in a bad world, don't you?

The Old Testament talks about a dark time in Israel's history when good news was in short supply as well. They had fallen on hard times because of their disobedience to God. A famine had swept the land. Things were so bad and food was so scarce that people had resorted to eating things like donkeys' heads and bird dung. Some had even turned to cannibalism.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

Devolving Standards of Decency

Originally posted in November 2007

Recently, a young woman came by my office to discuss my opposition to abortion. Two of her friends had already had abortions though she had not. She was motivated to visit me by a discussion in her Women's Studies class - one that broached the controversial topic of abortion and rape.

The feminist teaching the class was one affiliated with our Women's Resource Center - an office that seeks to win the abortion debate by ensuring that it never actually takes place. The feminists figure that simply maintaining the status quo will look a lot like winning a "debate" to those unaware of the extent of feminist opposition to the First Amendment. They also seek to win the abortion "debate" by using the most extreme cases to justify abortion for the sake of convenience.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

The Unspeakable American Culture

Originally posted in October 2007

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, Katie Couric expressed somber disapproval of the jingoistic excesses after 9/11. Among the things that vexed her: "The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States." From what I can tell, nobody among the journalistic swells bothered to ask, "Who isn't 'we,' Kemo Sabe?"

I don't want to revisit those supposedly Orwellian flag pins, which sat so heavily on so many journalistic lapels. But it's worth recalling that during World War II, civilian correspondent Walter Cronkite, whose anchor job Couric now holds, gladly wore a uniform, not just a pin, and subjected himself to military censors. He also used, I'm sure, the word "we" when referring to Americans.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

America's Moral Infrastructure is Heaving

Originally posted in August 2007

The terrible news out of Minneapolis about the collapse of a crowded bridge was only the latest news story to document the seriously decaying state of America's infrastructure. Underneath the ground we live on and drive on is the structure that enables all Americans to go about their business with the assurance of clean water, safe highways, sanitation and so forth. A recent story from USA Today detailed the struggle in American cities to pay for the overhauls necessary for things like new highways, bridges, and steam pipes that are quickly failing.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

Five Decades of Decline

Originally posted in July 2007

Old America's knowledge of the Bible remained fairly strong for the first 170 or so years from the Continental Congress. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps America's most "biblical" president." Historian William Wolf noted that no president has ever had the detailed knowledge of the Bible that Lincoln had. Woodrow Wilson, another intensely biblical president, spoke in biblical terms when he took America into the First World War--on behalf of freedom. Even after the end of World War II knowledge of the Bible, and dependence on it as a shaper and molder of American destiny was strong.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

When Vulgarians Seize a Culture

Originally posted in July 2007

When unwashed, obscenity-spewing comedian George Carlin was arrested at Summerfest in Milwaukee back in 1972, it was because of the moral outrage of a police officer named Elmer Lenz. His wife and his little boy were in the audience, and he had the temerity to resent the filthy language hitting them in the face. Being a decent man, he got up to do something about it and reported it to a senior officer who arrested the comedian. Now, all these years later, he's gotten over it. The whole episode doesn't matter anymore. How very sad that it doesn't.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

Our Foundations Are Rotting

Originally posted in June 2006

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

Yes, indeed, the United States is in trouble and it's coming at us from all sides, external and internal.

This country is not only facing divisive criticism on the international scene, but we're also facing internal divisions that in the long run, and possibly sooner than that, will change this country forever.

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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

The Broken American Family

Originally posted in November 2005

The American family is broken. It consists of constituent parts that do not cohere. It comprises husbands and wives who are not intimate. And it is producing children who are not secure.

In hosting the upcoming TLC Television series, "Shalom in the Home," and taping the episodes that will begin to air in 2006, I have come to understand the problems that are tearing the modern family asunder.

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