The Barna Research Group surveyed American’s attitudes toward ten moral behaviors, and found that 60 percent consider it acceptable for unmarried people to cohabit. Fifty-nine percent believe sexual fantasizing is appropriate. Nearly half (45 percent) consider abortion acceptable, and 42 percent approve of extramarital sex. Thirty-eight percent approve of pornography, and 30 percent find homosexuality acceptable ("Morality Continues to Decay," November 3, 2003).
Whether you attend church or not, you surely understand that the church’s influence on the moral fabric of our culture has been of extreme benefit in the past. In fact, if you were to do a study on early government policies and papers, you would see that they were heavily laced with Christian morals and ethics. I am afraid that is not necessarily so today. The truth is that the decline of Christian influence is directly proportionate to the increase in the level of immorality in our country.
You cannot legislate morality. It has to come from the heart and soul of people. And if the very entity that teaches and instills morality is in decline, it only makes sense that morality itself would also be in decline. You do not have to look far to see the results! Seventy-plus years old men who are shooting their ex-wives is an indicator. Young students bringing guns to school to shoot someone because they made fun of them is another.
What is it going to take to turn our country around? The answer is simple, a return to that which taught and upheld morality and good ethics … the church. But not only should people be returning to what upholds good morality, but the churches themselves need to return to the Word of God that teaches such behavior. It just might be that the exodus of people from organized Christianity is more the church’s fault than the people’s. Maybe they were more wise than us. Maybe they saw that the church had left their first love in order to tickle the ears of the people. So my plea is twofold: Brothers and sisters in Christ … Return to what this great nation was first built on … Christian morals found in God’s word. 2 Chronicles 7:14 states it this way … “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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
My second plea is for those who are searching for a place to learn the standard of good moral behavior to check out God's Word. Hopefully you will find what you are looking for there.