The U.S. still may be considered a Christian nation because the majority of the people in our country call ourselves Christians, but this recession has been a test of what we really consider important. As Jesus told us in the scriptures, no man can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other or cling to one and despise the other. Therefore, we cannot serve God and mammon (material things). Unfortunately, many among us are serving mammon and it’s being reflected in higher occurrences of sinful behavior. Here are just a few examples recently mentioned in the news:
- Today’s evening news on ABC reported that many higher ups in the financial industry have been going to rehab because they have been drinking too much. We can probably conclude that since these people have been known to do drugs recreationally, especially cocaine, they have probably been using more also.
- Bank robberies have spiked up starting last year.
- The Associated Press reported today that more pregnant women in dire financial straits are getting abortions.
- Domestic violence incidents have been increasing since last year.
- Incidents of child abuse and neglect are up.
- Suicides and attempted suicides have gone up.
These are the results when people haven’t heard the gospel or harden their hearts against the gospel. Fortunately, there is some good news. The number of people attending church or who value the importance of religious values (especially Christianity) in their daily lives has held steady.
In the midst of the darkness surrounding us, there is still hope that God will continue to carry out his will in the United States. I believe we still have more than enough believers here who are living out God’s word, praying regularly, and who love the Lord so that a difference can be made even with the children of the devil working overtime.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–