Thursday, March 19, 2009
There is no Fear of God Before Their Eyes
Sunday, March 8, in Maryville, IL, a pastor was gunned down while conducting a church service. The same weekend, 4 shootings occurred on the streets of Ft. Pierce, Florida, most involving yound gang members and two resulting in death. The words of the Psalmist (Psalm 36), echoed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3 ring a true today as when originally penned, "There is no fear of God before their eyes!"
How is it that in America, churches are considering posting armed guards to protect parishoners and children are no longer safe to walk to the bus stops without the possibility of being gunned down? How is it that there is no fear of God before their eyes? I submit that it is because we have removed God and His laws from our society, our churches, our families, and our lives! We no longer teach children in public schools that they are created by God, in His images, and that He has a special plan for their lives. We now teach them that they happened by chance (or random mutation), and consequently, their lives have no real purpose or plan. In 1962, the Supreme Court removed prayer for public schools. In 1963, the court removed the Bible from education of children in public schools. In 1980, the Supreme Court, which has the Ten Commandments engraved on it's doors, removed the Ten Commandments from schools.
But I submit to you that long before we removed God, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments from our society, we removed Him from our churches, families, and lives. Acording to the Barna Institute, only 9% of "born again Christians" have a Biblical Worldview. The percentage drops to 7% of all Christians and sinks to 2% of mainline denominations (Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal) and a mere .5% for Roman Catholics. This is pathetic. Today's Christian "doesn't have time to read the Bible or pray" but will sit for hours on end in front of a Television set being conformed to this world!
If we are to save America, we must get right with God! We must read (and love - Psalm 119) His word and law, and we must "humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicket ways" so that He can hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land! II Chronicles 7:13-14.