What's Missing in America? (1 of 3) by Rick White
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Morality Does Matter!
Proverbs 9:10; Job 28:28; Acts 9:31
Message Truth: Something is missing in American culture that threatens the very existence of our society. Nothing less than repentance and a return to biblical moral values can alter the course of our nation today.
(See Prov 9:10 NASB)
(See Job 28:28 NASB)
(See Acts 9:31 NASB)
Introduction: Illustration: What Do You See?
1. According to a story, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were on a camping trip. They had retired early but had both awakened around 2 a.m. With a clear, star-studded night sky above them, Holmes asked, "Watson, what do you see?" "Well," said the doctor, "I see thousands of stars!' "And what does that mean to you?" pressed the detective. "I suppose it means that we are most fortunate to inhabit God's great universe as intelligent observers. Although we are small in his eyes, we are blessed with powers of reasoning that permit us to make our way in this world of blind greed and criminal enterprises. And surely a night so clear and beautiful as this is a portent of another beautiful day for us to enjoy tomorrow, dear friend. What does it mean to you, Holmes?" "To me, Watson, it means that - while we were sleeping- someone has stolen our tent!"
2. It also seems that while we fortunate people of the late 20th century reflect on our educational, scientific, and technological achievements, we may be overlooking the fact that something has been taken from us. Things like innocence, propriety, and decency.
3. Front-page headlines lately have reported oral sex and clothing stained with semen. Yet polls say the majority of Americans couldn't care less about presidential morality-so long as the economy remains healthy. The idea that a bull-market economy makes basic questions of morality unimportant reduces ethics to a business proposition. Have we really come to that point in American culture?
4. The tent of objective m ...
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