In Times Like These, Draw Near To God by Nelson Price

IN TIMES LIKE THESE DRAW NEAR TO GOD
NELSON PRICE
JAMES 4:7-10
8/30/98

JESUS CHRIST said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to
you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

Memorize that. Put it on the screen saver of your mind and reflect
on it often. Invest your life in it and it will pay eternal dividends. We
need such a truth to which to anchor our soul in our societies
tempestuous sea.

Jesus Christ also said there would come a day in which there
would be "distress among the nations, with perplexity" and "men's
hearts failing them for fear and expectation of those things which
are coming on the earth" (Luke 21: 25, 26).

Is this that day? The international money market crisis seems to
be worsening by the day and our own economy beginning to quake
as a consequence. There is a moral crisis in the White House that
appears to be being condoned by a majority of Americans and
youth confused as to what is right or wrong.

Because of our tendency to assert there are no absolutes and all
truth is relative we have lost our moral compass. Truth is now
spoken of as being subjective. That is I alone, the subject,
determine truth. There is no absolute objective truth in the
marketplace. What influence is this having on our society?

Extensive studies show that youth who refuse to accept objective
standards that govern their lives are:

65% more likely to mistrust people. Why shouldn't they?

48% more likely to cheat on exams. Why not!

36% more likely to lie to their parents.

Twice as likely to lack purpose in life.

Twice as likely to be resentful.

People without objective truth, that is, the Bible to guide them live
by what is called "cultural ethics." That is whatever the ethic of the
culture that is what is right. Whatever the culture approves is
proper. In light of that America is headed toward a deeper abyss of
immorality than ever imagined. By approving of the immorality
made so public in Washington we are saying it is our new "cultural
ethic." There is a problem with that.

Many saw the movie "Schindler's List" which depicted the horror of
the holocaust. Was there anything wrong with the atrocities of the
holocaust?

After the war when the Nazi officials were tried for war crimes in
Nuremberg, Germany their defense was "how can you come from
another culture and condemn what we did when our culture said it
was acceptable?"

In condemning them the world court said there is something above
culture that determines what is right or wrong. We say that
something is the Scripture.

The international threat of terrorism is causing us to barricade our
monuments and cower ourselves. There is indeed "distress among
the nations, with perplexity." The hearts of people are failing them
because of fear.

Oscar Wilde once wrote that in our postmodern society,

"People ...


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