December 26, 2012
The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile. -Plato
"Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle." -George Washington
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. -Galatians 5:22, 23 KJV
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. -Luke 6:31 KJV
Shame is defined as the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another and a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret. (We sure aren't seeing this too often.)
Manners are defined as ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment or a person's outward bearing; and a way of speaking to and treating others. (You see this in the south more than the north, but it's not what it was 25 years ago when we moved here.)
Decency is defined as conformity to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc. I could write an article on this alone!
Sadly today, all three components; shame, manners, and decency are lacking or totally missing from civilized society. There is a breakdown, and with the economic situation America now faces, the future looks bleak.
I would bet there's not one of you reading this that hasn't commented on the lack of shame, manners, or decency in today's society. Surely, you can all give me numerous examples.
How about cell phones and babies in theatres, and they never remove the crying baby or turn off the cell phones, or stop talking when it rings! How about the people with a full cart of groceries who will rush to beat you in line when you have only one item in your hand? Or the grocery parking lot which is where I notice a total disrespect for those in vehicles. When driving in, you stop because someone is walking across the lane to enter the grocery. Invariably, if they are young people, they will look at you and continue to walk slowly...yes, it's the attitude. If they're older, like me, they'll pick up speed to get out of your way quickly. That's the difference in consideration and manners. And here's a beef my husband has, when you're talking to someone and their cell phone rings, they rush to answer it despite your conversation. Then there's traffic, and the people that are simply too good to wait in line like the rest of us. Of course, these are all minor irritations, but it's a sign of the daily disintegration of civility.
Then too, there's the lip, eyebrow, tongue, ear, breast, and navel pierced and tattooed folks that make one wonder why they'd do that to their bodies. How about those "tramp stamps" where the female has to bend over for you to see it? I actually had someone apply for a position in a shirt that was so wrinkled it had to have been slept in, but who also came in with a nose ring (like those in a bull's nose). Obviously he wasn't interested in having a job.
Today, you can't go to a movie or turn on the television without violence or sex, and we're all used to it... Hollywood no longer has the Hays Morality codes of the 1930s. Today the stars have multiple out-of-wedlock children, affairs, divorces, drugs, alcoholism, theft, and even in some cases, jail and prison time. Whatever happened to the Waltons, Highway to Heaven, I Love Lucy, the Milton Berle Show, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, etc.?
Remember Michael Jackson always grabbing his crotch? Or how about Justin Timberlake pulling the tab that allowed Janet Jackson's breast to be exposed on the nationally televised Super Bowl game. Profanity is leaking over into television from the big screen and cable...and it won't be long until God's name is taken in vain on ABC, NBC, and CBS. I'm appalled at what I'm already hearing.
Then there's open warfare against our culture when you see things like the Muslim Day Parade in NYC. What about the stoning of Christians in Dearborn, Michigan by raging Muslims and the police failed to protect the Christian citizens from immigrants who have no intention of assimilating?
In her poem read at West Marion Elementary School in McDowell County, North Carolina, a proud and patriotic little girl included the lines — “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength” — to describe the actions of her grandfather during the war. But when a member of the community supposedly complained about the poem's mention of God and its inclusion in the ceremony, school officials forced the girl to remove the offending lines before presenting it at the Veterans Day observance.
We kick God out of a little girl's poem and we expect to be a nation blessed by God? What is civil about this and what did it teach the little girl?
In the United Kingdom, sick babies are now allowed to die by starvation and dehydration, just like the "passive euthanasia" done to America's elderly on a regular basis for the last four or more decades. Now the government healthcare in England will do the same to the littlest and most innocent who need care. Babies are thrown away and the elderly are thrown into nursing homes that withhold food and water at the family's request. Death by dehydration is extremely painful and can take up to ten days. I reported what we're doing to babies and their little bodies in the United States in my article, Culture of Death. Society's disregard for the babies and the elderly is a perfect example of our cultural destruction.
It pains me to say it, but America is morally bad, very, very bad. This is today's society...gone are the days where respectability, courtesy, and kindness were common. Today's youth believe, and were trained in the government schools to feel that us older folks have a responsibility to just die and get out of the way.
A perfect example is the letter I received from a woman who read my last article, God Is Still On The Throne, and here's what she told me about her son in college:
"My son's NICE bicycle he's had for years, and which he uses for class just to get around because he enjoys being outdoors & it saves gasoline, was locked, and stolen the week before Thanksgiving at school during the night. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, a girl was found DEAD on his hall in the dorm! Still under investigation! He just called to tell me he forgot his book bag downstairs in the dorm last night and when he got to his room, he remembered it. He went to retrieve it, and his $100+ TX Instrument calculator he WILL NEED FOR HIS SEMESTER TEST NEXT WEEK in Math, was stolen. Think I told you about these things before, but it is RAMPANT and continuing. THE ROT in our society and culture literally takes my breath away. And we're paying thousands of dollars to send him to school for what?!
I honestly do not hold out much hope at all for the world, for America, because so much ROT has been allowed to destroy so much of all that is HOLY & GOOD in the eyes of the Lord. God's WILL, will be done....not ours. It may just be "it is on our watch 'The End' begins..." We are sliding with accelerated speed into the abyss. Knowing we will be with the Lord is my only comfort, it's the getting there that is worrisome.
Another thing is so many of us know what is going on and the solutions, but there is no action. There is no movement at all in the population to strip the corrupt from their self anointed thrones of power. We tried peaceably, and failed in the face of total government corruption. Kelleigh, how disgusting to read the information provided regarding voter fraud and it's stamp of approval by the GOP in 1982. I never knew....reading your facts, explains that which is totally irrational."
She is so right, the apathy is a stamp of approval to the corruption in our society.
How Different It Was In the 1930s
The depression of the 1930's left 20% or more of the population unemployed. I remember my grandmother telling me how those without jobs and food would somehow mark the homes with chalk that would allow vagrants to work for food or were given a few cents in change to help. My grandparents went to the bank back then and asked if they could just pay the interest and bypass paying against the principal until the economy improved. This saved their dairy farm and helped them to help others. There was no theft of their huge gardens, no attacks from roving bands of unemployed, no need to guard their farm in any way. The nation lived through that horrible time, and the people helped each other.
I'm afraid it would not be this way today. Arnold Toynbee started his 12 volume work, "A Study of History," in the 1930s and finished in the mid 1960s. He died in 1975. He wrote, "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state American is in today." What do you suppose Toynbee would think of the moral decay of America in 2013?
Should the impending fiscal collapse arrive next year, what do you suppose those who are used to getting government funds will do? We had better be fully prepared.
I have not even touched on the rot of our local, state, and federally elected officials, Hollywood's debauchery, the decay of education in the government schools (where children are allowed to abuse the teachers and get passing grades when they've learned nothing), or the failure of the family to raise up a child as they should go (Proverbs 22:6), or the departure of honor to parents by their children. You all know the depths of depravity we've reached in all the arenas of public life in America.
My friend who wrote to me about the article pinpointed the problems in America through what has happened to her son. She also mentioned "there is no action on the part of the American people to strip the corrupt from their self-appointed thrones of power."
The smell of decay in America is everywhere. I've said it before, sin used to hide in the back alleys and now it marches down Main Street USA. Toynbee is right, our civilization and culture are collapsing before our eyes, and the people are silent. Why? Because the majority of them are ignorant of the problems and have been in that warm pot of water too long to clearly see the rot.
Here's what I am asking you to do. I want you to give 10 minutes a day to prayer about our country. I don't mean the passive, "God help us, we're a mess," type prayers. I mean specific prayers to Him. First, repent for our Nation, (Ezekiel 18:21-23) and be specific, list all our sins that you can think of...that alone would take more than 10 minutes. Then ask Him to help you and to help others to return us to a Nation that deserves the blessings of God Almighty. I talk to God in the car because like the apostles, if I try to pray at bedtime, I fall asleep.
Plead for His mercy in all the areas you list. Keep in mind that we are part of the problem and that we have allowed the destruction of our country by our failures to act. Do as Nehemiah did in chapter one of his book.
"Before approaching God on behalf of his people, Nehemiah mourns, fasts, humbles himself – for days! This man has a tremendous sense of the holy and awesome nature of the God he approaches. There is no “name it and claim it” attitude here. Nehemiah is preparing to plead for God’s mercy, and he understands something that we seem to too often miss: mercy, by definition, is undeserved. Mercy is not something we can “claim;” it is something we can only humbly ask for from the ashes of true sorrow over sin.
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And so, Nehemiah humbles himself. He mourns over sin – his own sin (no self-righteous attitudes here!), the sin of his family, the sin of his people. He confesses these things before God in humility and doesn’t mince words; they have acted “wickedly." [Link]
I believe it is up to us to not only "study to show ourselves approved unto God," (II Timothy 2:15) but to "pray without ceasing." (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). It is up to us, and us alone. The time is short and it is the time for harvest. We are to be about our Father's business, and that means bringing in the sheep. It is obvious our lukewarm pulpits have failed, but we can be ambassadors for Christ. We can change our nation by changing the hearts of the people. (Matthew 28:16-20)
© 2012 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.