Then he got around to the subject of America’s moral collapse. Here’s where things got interesting. He piggy-backed on the recent controversy surrounding comments made by presidential hopeful Rick Santorum concerning his criticism of John F. Kennedy’s remarks about the separation of church and state. Santorum had commented that the words of John F. Kennedy made him want to throw up. The commentator was making a point that human secularists have taken over the government and are in the process of dismantling traditional Judea-Christian values within our society.
I almost get the feeling that so many of the people who speak so loudly on the radio today do not understand the true principles of faith and Christianity. Let me put it this way. Morality cannot be legislated or achieved through the ballet box. Restoring America will not take place at the ballet box either. It doesn’t matter whether Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives or Liberals are in power. The only way I know to restore America is through a spiritual renewal. That renewal must first take place with the people of God and the people of faith. We must reflect the attributes and the very nature of Christ. Unfortunately, like so many of today’s personalities on the radio who seem to be dabbling in Christianity, the Church in general seems to reflect more of today’s modern media culture mentality.
We cannot escape the marketplace. There is no refuge. It is constantly with us everywhere we go. Just look at our technology. We are now capable of buying and selling whenever we so desire. I understand money is essential in our economy. That’s nothing new. But something fundamental has changed today. We have taken the marketplace concept to a whole new level unlike anything in the history of man. Even Jesus understood how much we thought about money. Eleven of his 39 parables dealt with the issue of money and stewardship. It was a big deal 2,000 years ago, and it’s become an absolute obsession with our culture today. Some people have said that we have been traditionally a Christian nation. I would argue that we are more like a nation of money worshipers.
The marketplace mentality has created an environment where making money is not only our right but it’s become our responsibility and duty. I hear very few people commentating about the obsession with money in marketplace principles and how this has fundamentally reshaped our nation and society. And if you want to talk about moral decline, I guarantee you it is tied to the love of money.
We must find some space away from the marketplace. If you want to restore America, everything cannot revolve around the pursuit of money. As the Bible says, you cannot serve two masters. So who is our God? Is it money or is it the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?