II Chronicles 7:14 ‘If My people who are called by My name will…”
SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR THE USA
A commentary about society today. Written by Joyce Minor a former Asst.
Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Alabama.
School of Law
I grew up in rural America in the ’50’s and ’60’s. On any
given day, you could walk through the high school parking lot and
observe that half the vehicles parked there were trucks with windows
rolled down and doors unlocked. Most of them carried, as standard
equipment, an FFA sticker (future Farmers of America for you city folks)
and a gun rack with at least one gun, usually loaded. You could make
the same observation at any of the four high school campuses in our
county. Amazingly, I do not ever recall reading or hearing about mass
shootings in any of those high schools. What has changed in America is not
the accessibility of guns, but the character of many of America’s people.
On the wall in my parents home is a plaque awarded to my father
in recognition of service for 27 years on the local school board. He
told me that for years, a standard requirement on every Teacher’s
contract was membership in a local church. I remember starting every
school day with the pledge and a prayer. I remember when girls who got
pregnant in high school were ashamed, when abortions were illegal, when
the divorce rate was not 50% because couples stayed together, when there
were no X-rated movies, when milk cartons didn’t have missing kids faces
on them and I didn’t know anyone personally who used drugs. I remember
when kids were taught respect for authority and accountability to God.
I hear people say that the good old days weren’t always so good but please
don’t tell me you think these are better.
Last night I attended a high school football game that was
covered by local and national news. The news coverage was not about the
football teams, but about the defiance of a court order by one brave
little Texas town to preserve the right to pray before a football game.
The more this country struggles to free itself from religion, the more
we become entangled in the consequences.
If people are taught that they came from slime, the obvious
questions and consequences must follow; What is the purpose of my
existence [hopelessness], who made you the boss of me [lawlessness], why
are your rules good and mine bad [relativism], what does it matter how I
live if I came from slime and return to slime [immorality and
inhumanity]? I realize that in any given poll, the vast majority of
Americans claim to believe in God. I claim to believe that running is
good for me but that does not make me a runner. Putting on my running
shoes and running makes me a runner.
The climbing abortion rate, murder rate, divorce rate,
alcoholism and drug abuse rate, child and spousal abuse rate contradict
that claim and prove that actions speak louder than words. It is an
observable truth that the best time you will ever make on any American
City freeway is on Sunday morning because there are no traffic jams
getting to church.
II Chronicles 7:14 ‘if My people who are called by My name will humble
themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their