by Rick White

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The Missing Ingredient of Modern Morality (8 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Rick White
Genesis 19:1-14

Introduction: Moral erosion continues in America according to James Patterson and Peter Kim, in the book, The Day America Told the Truth. They report that 74% of Americans will steal from those who won't miss it, and 64% will lie for convenience as long as no one is hurt. 84% say they would break the rules of their own religion. And 81% have violated a law they felt to be inappropriate. Only 30% say they would be willing to die for their religious beliefs or for God.

Most Americans (93%) say they alone decide moral issues, basing their decisions on their own experiences or whims. Percentage of school age children who say they make moral judgments based on what God or Scripture tells them is right, 16%, personal experience, 45%.

There is a vast difference between preventive counseling and corrective counseling. Preventive is before the fact, corrective is after the fact. For the purpose of illustration let's look at this way.

There is a dangerous section of highway where there have been many accidents. The Department of Transportation has two options. They can build an emergency clinic in the immediate vicinity to care for the injured survivors. Or, they can post warning signs to alert drivers of the danger ahead. One solution is simply corrective while the other is preventive. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of correction (cure).

While certainly the scriptures offer us help and healing when we do crash and burn ( 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) it also stands to call us to alertness prior to the fact ( Rom. 6:13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin {as} instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members {as} instruments of righteousn ...

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