A recent Gallup poll shows that 81% of Americans today rate the overall state of moral values in our country as poor or fair (45% and 36% respectively). And 77% of American's believe America's moral values are getting worse.
At the church where I pastor, I have been asked, "Pastor, what is this world coming to?" Actually, Christians for years have been decrying the moral decline in America for years. More than 25 years ago I had a teacher, who in his 60s, quoted his elementary school teacher saying, "If Jesus doesn't come back soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!"
At present, more than 40 actors, media, or political personalities have been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. The majority of that number being accused just since October. Even last week, the news of the firing of an NBC morning show anchor for misconduct made the rounds through the media outlets, and he wasn't the only surprise firing that happened either!
In many ways, social media makes us more aware of the moral decline. It often feels like there is more separation, distinction, and polarization because now everyone can rant, rave, and ridicule about anyone and anything--anytime. Where news cycles might have lasted a few days or a week in the past, social media now keeps stories alive for weeks if not months.
If Jesus doesn't come back soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!"
I agree Jack Cafferty when he writes: "It's a crying shame that in this great, free country where anything is possible, we as a society have such a negative view of how we behave and how we treat each other. It's hard to imagine how we can come together to solve our problems...if we have such a poor opinion of the next guy."
Maybe that’s why Jesus made it so simple for us: Love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and then love our neighbor as ourselves.
If we did those two simple things, we wouldn’t need police. We wouldn’t need locks on our homes or alarms on our cars. Things would look a lot different.
It would probably change the world.
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.