Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The real problem

As national leaders move to make legislative changes to stop "all of America's problems" - such as our financial woes, our problems with murder, and all the other madness that currently plagues us - the people of God cry from within to reveal the REAL problem. We are a nation in peril - because we are a nation that has forsaken God.

Take a look at some of the changes in the American social climate since the Supreme Court ruled that School prayer was "unconstitutional: (Source: David Barton, Wallbuilders:)

- America's children:
For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 through 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years.
For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies since 1963 are up 553%.
Before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000. Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years.

- The Family - the bedrock of society:
Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years. After 1963 divorces increased 300% each year for the next 15 years.
Since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353%
Since 1963 single parent families are up 140%.
Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%.

- America's Education System:

The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores. SAT scores had been steady for many years before 1963. From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941.

In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline. That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965. Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than public schools. In fact the scores were at the point where the public schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading/ instruction was removed from the schools. The scores in the public schools were still declining.

-  The Nation - Home of the Brave and land of the free:
Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%.
Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem.

I prayerfully wish America could read the hand writing that is on the wall....as we once could.

We cannot fight the "enemy" we face in a "court room" or on a physical battlefield because, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12)

We are collapsing
at our foundation because we have forsaken God.
The only way we can truly avert the "cliff" that is before us, is through genuine heartfelt repentance.

Remember the historic words of one of America's great leaders:

"Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

--Abraham Lincoln March 30, 1863

America - will you hear and respond to God?