Internal Threats. Our families are falling apart. Ungodly, dangerous lifestyles abound. Abortion has become away of life, and now our children are being told they can decide their gender. In August, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which requires health insurers to fund abortions for anyone who wants one (including non-citizens) excluded from Medicaid. One website hailed the legislation this way: "Good News Alert."
Health clinics in Oregon are killing unborn babies, requiring Oregoniansto pay the freight, and people are calling it good news. Actress Martha Plimpton proudly told a Seattle audience she got her "first" abortion at age 19, and it was her "best" abortion. She told the crowd, "Notice said first." The audience burst out laughing. One in three babies born in the United States will arrive to a home without a father. More than 10 percent of American children have one parent dealing with alcohol problems, according tot he National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Alcohol consumption is celebrated on billboards,televison,socielmedia,and in magazines. However, the reality of drinking is devastating:" In 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women), were attributable to alcohol consumption," the Institute said. In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that alcohol contributed to more than 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions.
When a child begins kindergarten around age 5, there is a good chance his or her curriculum will contain such topics as transgenderism and gay behavior. An August 2017Toronto Star (Canada) article boated that the family birthing center at Michael Garron Hospital is LGBTQ inclusive. The accompanying photo showed a married male couple alongside a woman surrogate. Today this is considered a normal family. Things are so haywire that "men" have babies and "women" grow beards.
Society has been burned so upside down that the victims are becoming the enemies. As a young girl in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was the victim of genital mutilation (a practice of radical Islamists). She has spoken out eloquently against it. Yet the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has accused her of being an extremist.
Ironically, the SPLC, headquartered in Alabama, claims it is dedicated to social justice. Ali responded by saying, "These groundless smears are deeply offensive, as I have dedicated much of my adult life to calling out the true extremists: organizations such as Al Qaeda and ISIS." More than 200 years ago (1787), Edward Gibbon wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. For 20 years he studied the Roman Empire, trying to determine how a nation could be so great and then suddenly collapse. How could that happen? It's difficult not to think of the United States when reading the five reasons he came up with:
(1) Rapid increase in divorce and undermining of the sanctity of the home, which is
the basis of society.
(2) Higher and higher taxes; people spend money for food and celebrations.
(3) The mad craze for pleasure, with sports becoming more exciting and more brutal
(4) The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy lies within; people become decadent.
Though Judah faced dangerous outside forces, its worst enemy was itself. Regrettably, the Judeans paid the price when Babylon took them captive in 586 BC. King Solomon said, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov 14:34). 2018 brings a revival to us before it is too late. Those of us who know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ must keep our eyes on Him.