by Stan Coffey

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Stan Coffey
Judges 21:25

Last week, we spoke on the subject, "Does Character Count." We talked about David and how his character was revealed, not because he was a perfect man with no sin, but because of the way he responded to stress, the way he responded to sin when it came in his life, the way he responded to success.

Today, I want to speak on the subject, "Where Have All The Values Gone?"

In Judges 21, verse 25, the Bible describes a dark time in the history of Israel. It was a time when Israel had forgotten God. They were worshipping idols. They were walking in darkness. It was a time when the values had disappeared in Israel. Look at what this verse says. I think it says it all.

Judges 21:25 – "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."

There was no standard. The values by which people judge right and wrong had vanished and every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

It's an amazing thing today that, not from the church but from the secular world, there's coming a concern about the disappearance of values in American life. In fact, Gallop did a poll last year and they found that eighty percent of Americans now say the number one problem in America is the disappearance of values, that we are in a crisis of morality.

Now, what are values? Values are your core beliefs that determine your behavior. In other words, the kind of person you are is based on what you value. Convictions in life determine your conduct and your conduct determines or reflects your character.

We are living in a time when people question whether or not there are any set values, whether or not there is any set standard for right and wrong. So, everybody is concerned today about the spiritual condition and the moral condition of our nation, the break down of families, the tremendous rise in crime, the fact that we are runni ...

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