America’s moral compass is out of control, and will get worse as the nation continues to turn away from True North. A recent survey shows 77% of Americans are “fairly or very worried” about the country’s morals. But despite their concern, 50% of everyone surveyed said religion, the source of absolute truth, will be “less important” in 30 years. Forty-three percent said faith will be equally important in 2050 as it is today. A majority of white Americans, 56%, agree religion will be less important in 30 years, but only 33% of blacks and 40% of Hispanics feel the same way. The survey also showed 56% of Americans believe faith in God is not necessary to be moral.
The problem is the longer we separate the absolute morality of right and wrong from the source of all truth, the sooner our moral compass will come apart completely. Creating that separation in the name of pragmatism is what has led us to where we are now. People are clearly aware of the moral crisis, but are increasingly uninterested in the solution, God. There’s no doubt one can make a moral case on some issues without quoting Scripture. But at some point, the Bible and God will have to come into the discussion, because the underlying truth of morality is one we cannot separate from the higher power who created us.
Even the founders admitted in the Declaration of Independence that Americans do have inalienable rights that are first “endowed by their Creator.” The question we need to ask ourselves as Christians, then, isn’t if we should bring God and the Bible into debates about morality, but when. To a non-Christian, begin by explaining the moral in question from a strictly logical perspective and then introduce faith and the theology that backs it up. If you’re talking to a Christian, start from the point of our imperfection and God’s general revelation and work forward to explain how that speaks into the moral at hand. If the Gospel is never introduced what have we gained?
Texas pastor Matt Chandler warned that churches in the “Bible Belt” are filled with people who believe that any type of conservatism is being “Christian.” We have to overcome the idea that Cultural Christianity believes that following Jesus is about being good people,” which isn’t the same as being saved from “the wages of sin” that the Bible talks about. At some point we have to return to “the way, the truth, and the life,” because without that, the compass will soon unwind again. The only way back from the moral precipice is to turn toward True North. Right now, our culture wants it both ways, and that just can’t happen.
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