AMERICA MUST HAVE A PARADIGM SHIFT
“… although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.” Rom 1:21-22
Again, the word paradigm is defined as, “A set of assumptions, concepts, values, practices that reveal a way of seeing reality for the community that shares them-specially in an intellectual discipline.” Or, “People act on what they believe to be truth!” And personal truth comes to us from the way we have been raised – home, school, church – and particularly the environment of the world in which we live. For example, if you believe separation of church and state is in the Constitution’s 1st Amendment then you’ll condemn anything Christian in secular matters. But if you have a Biblical paradigm, you will fight to maintain IT’S Revelation in our society.
Last week I offered a little of my own paradigm shift; and how I began to follow the paradigm of the Word of God. I thank the Lord daily for His infallible Word. Today I submit that America must shift to a Biblical paradigm, especially when you consider…
1 – We’ve become a country of thieves: Some Americans steal from the IRS, steal from their employers, steal from the church, and steal from God. Even many of our Christian youth are downloading their favorite music from the internet without paying for it. A recent Barna survey says, that only 10 per cent of Christian teens consider music piracy to be morally wrong. And 64 per cent of those admit they have engaged in downloading anyway. Isn’t “Thou shalt not steal” still in the Bible?
2 – We’ve become a country of murderers: The great indictment of America began in 1973 when Abortion on Demand was declared the law of the land. Since then millions of babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs. The worldly paradigm is that life begins at birth – not at conception as the Bible says. Amazing how medical science can perform major life-saving surgeries on unborn babies; yet the worldly belief system says it’s not a life. Hmm…, I believe “Thou shalt not kill” is still in Exodus 20:13.
3 – We’ve become a country of profanity: I can remember when people actually spoke without cursing. Not so today! Four letter words are peppered into 99% of all worldly conversations and communications. I really wonder if we have fallen to such an intellectual sewer that we can’t talk without using expletives? Have Americans so small a grasp on the English language they can’t make a paragraph without using phrases of the gutter? And you never hear anyone say, “Devil Damn you!” No, they always try to put that off on God. Listen, God’s the Bless-or and not the damn-er! “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;” remains the foundation to speak and to live by.
4 – We’ve become a country of immorality: Folks, perversion is not just in the prisons of Iraq. No, perversion is in the streets of South Texas. In adult bookstores, in HEB checkouts, on billboards, and in the establishments of strong drink. Perversion flows like a sewer into many homes every night. And I’m not talking about some X or R-rated movie; but in advertisements, prime time network sitcoms, and many news-talk shows.
And I recall one of our recent Presidents had an extra-marital affair in the Oval Office. And to add insult to injury the law-makers who represented us didn’t completely oust him in shame. But my friends, Ex 20:14 “Thou shalt not commit adultery” continues in force!
Of course, why wouldn’t America perform such Scriptural atrocities? After all, didn’t she agree with the removal of the 10 commandments from a judicial building in Alabama (2001)? And isn’t she on the verge of removing “Under God” from her pledge?
Go get-em church! Evangelize with vigor. The 1st century church was worse off than we are – and they turned their world’s paradigm “upside down”. (Acts 17:6)