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Will 2013 Be the Year We Slow the Moral Decline?
Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Susan Brown

Posted on 12/27/2012 8:25:30 AM PST by Kaslin

With dark shadows of uncertainty descending upon the hearts of so many at the conclusion of 2012, one can only hope 2013 will be a year of promise. But even in these dark days, miracles do still happen, especially when people are willing to roll up their sleeves for the cause of freedom.

This present darkness has its roots in our nation's moral decline, and the further we get from our moral center, the worse off we are as a people -- and a nation. It has taken some time to get where we are today. Over the years, conservatives have allowed progressives to hijack the conversation about our founding principles. Liberals have replaced morality with moral relativism in an attempt to justify their own moral ineptitude. For example, a group recently sanitized the King James Bible from any reference to homosexuality, replacing it with their own politically correct version they titled the "New Queen James Bible."

Moreover, we've allowed liberals to distort our founders' intentions concerning the separation of church and state. Consequently, prayer and most other references to God have been banned from the public square; yet they see no plausible correlation to those actions and recent mass shootings.

Mum's the word when it comes to God, but the roof is raised by right to choose discussions -- just as long as the conversation stays within the confines of the human life women should be allowed to extract from their bodies. But choice flies out the window when the discussion changes to things the rest of us put in our bodies -- like soda, fats, salt, and caffeine. They're all about women's rights - until you mention Islamic extremism or third-world barbarism in places like Darfur. And to them, capitalism is reprehensible, but taking hard-earned money from a capitalist is okay.

Progressives' ideological inconsistencies will be their downfall and their ideology will most certainly crumble beneath the weight of truth just as the Iron Curtain did in 1989.

What is wrong in America today is what went terribly wrong in Russia many years ago when the Soviet Union tried the Marxist way to go it on its own without God. While many cast the blame for their problems on poor economic and political choices, Russian writer and Nobel Prize recipient Alex Solzhenitsyn blamed it on the fact "men had forgotten God." He was right, and the world discovered how wrong Marx was when men (and women) who refused to forget God played a monumental role in crushing Communism in Eastern European countries.

The story is told in Philip Yancey's book, "Finding God in Unexpected Places," in East Germany every demonstration began with worship. (I'm not getting all spiritual on you here; I'm simply restating history.) Small groups would throw prayer meetings filled with political dissidents, concerned citizens, and some of those reprehensible Christians. After a period of prayer, pastors spoke while holding newspapers in one hand and Bibles in the other. Afterward participants went outside to walk peacefully through dark streets holding banners and candles.

In October 1989, as East Berlin was celebrating the 44th year of its communist regime, police were instructed to shoot demonstrators in Leipzig, where crowds had grown to nearly 500,000, but thankfully never did. On November 9, the crowd had doubled to one million when the unimaginable happened; a gap in the Berlin Wall opened. Without incident, candle-carrying East Germans peacefully filed through and over the wall, effectively bringing down the East German government in the process.

By years' end, multiple Eastern Bloc countries joined East Germany's fate, and by the end of 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. Hope sprung eternal and the world experienced a long-anticipated fresh breath of freedom because people put their faith and longing for freedom into action thus allowing the world to witness a miracle.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; christians; communism; faithandfamily; freedom; mediaandculture; moraldecline; sovietunion

1 posted on 12/27/2012 8:25:39 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Susan celebrating New Years early?


2 posted on 12/27/2012 8:27:16 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Kaslin

Nope, we’re fully into the “as it was in the days of Noah”.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 8:28:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
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4 posted on 12/27/2012 8:29:51 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: duckman

What makes you think so?


5 posted on 12/27/2012 8:30:06 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them.)
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To: Kaslin
Progressives' ideological inconsistencies will be their downfall and their ideology will most certainly crumble beneath the weight of truth just as the Iron Curtain did in 1989.

Delusional. APPARENT "inconsistencies" in their ideology are not real ideological inconsistencies, but are only inconsistences in their "front".

The true consistency is that they are anti-Christ. Simple.

6 posted on 12/27/2012 8:31:52 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Only the father knows the day and the hour....

pray, fast, do penance and treat every person you meet as you would Christ Himself.

if all Christians did these things many blessings would come


7 posted on 12/27/2012 8:35:49 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: longfellowsmuse

“do penance” is a mistranslation.

Repent is the correct translation.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 8:37:25 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

NO.

Not unless a spirit of repentance sweeps our nation. Only divine intervention will bring this.

We who are Christians have, for the most part, failed to be salt & light to the world and our nation - so its spiritual decay originates with us. We should be pointing the finger at ourselves - not the Marxists who are simply filling the vacuum we have left.......

May such repentance begin with me.......


9 posted on 12/27/2012 8:38:53 AM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: Kaslin

Have you seen any Moral improvement? Please enlighten if you can.


10 posted on 12/27/2012 8:40:48 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: MrB

point taken.... but the original intent remains..

it is hard to focus on our christian mission when we become bogged down playing semantic gotchya


11 posted on 12/27/2012 8:43:14 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: MrB

And the Days of Lot. America has become Europe.


12 posted on 12/27/2012 8:50:27 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: duckman
The title of the editorial is: Will2013 Be the Year We Slow the Moral Decline?

Did do miss the question mark at the end? If it were a statement the title would be 2013 Will Be the Year We Slow the Moral decline

I don't think you really read the article. Just skipping over it doesn't do it. Do yourself a favor and reread it again. I promise it helps

13 posted on 12/27/2012 8:54:02 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them.)
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To: longfellowsmuse

Sorry for the terseness of that reply. I agree with your point.

That mistranslation jumped out at me, though, because it is the difference between works based salvation and faith based salvation.


14 posted on 12/27/2012 9:18:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

“This present darkness has its roots in our nation’s moral decline, and the further we get from our moral center, the worse off we are as a people — and a nation.”

The author accurately assesses the continuing moral decline in the U.S. and recounts anecdotes about the fall of the totalitarian regimes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The author herself admits it will take a miracle to reverse the decline in the U.S.


15 posted on 12/27/2012 9:34:25 AM PST by detective
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To: Kaslin

Sodom had their moral decline halted in 3123 B.C. But they paid a dear price to do it.


16 posted on 12/27/2012 9:40:19 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
On November 9, the crowd had doubled to one million when the unimaginable happened; a gap in the Berlin Wall opened. Without incident, candle-carrying East Germans peacefully filed through and over the wall, effectively bringing down the East German government in the process.

This can only happen if there is a non-communist country to which to flee. Remember, the true believers in communism think their system will only work if ALL countries are communist. No choice. No escape. I always thought that pretty well damned communism as a system, but apparently not to the true believers who think the past attempts, the ones where 30 to 50 million people were slaughtered, were simply examples of not trying hard enough.

17 posted on 12/27/2012 9:48:24 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Kaslin

I would say it started long ago but picked up speed after Eisenhower left office.


18 posted on 12/27/2012 10:06:37 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kaslin
Short answer: no.

But what if it did happen? What if moral decline slowed down? Would people really notice?

If your standard is something as dramatic as the Berlin Wall coming down would you really notice if divorce rates were a little lower or a rise in illegitimate births was smaller than in previous years?

According to some statistics, divorce rates have been in decline since the 1980s and African-American illegitimacy rates have gone down since the 1990s, but nobody really comments on that.

The collapse of a tyranny can be a very dramatic thing. That's also true of strides made by liberty or license. Remoralization of society is slower and usually happens behind the scenes -- while people are still bemoaning the wretched morals of the age.

19 posted on 12/27/2012 10:14:32 AM PST by x
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To: Kaslin
Will 2013 Be the Year We Slow the Moral Decline?

On the contrary: 2013 will reveal the Evil One.

Some time between Feb 23 and April 2, 2013.

Many shall be purified, made white, and refined,
but the wicked shall do wickedly;
and none of the wicked shall understand,
but the wise shall understand.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
20 posted on 12/27/2012 10:15:42 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: MrB

AMERICA HAS LOOKED EVIL IN THE FACE, AND EMBRACED IT.


21 posted on 12/27/2012 10:52:46 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Kaslin
To even ask this question seems to suggest extensive use of hallucinogenic drugs...IMHO...
22 posted on 12/27/2012 11:23:22 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Say “Hi” for me!


23 posted on 12/27/2012 11:24:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Try sometime around 2015, when yields and rates might go up. After the big layoffs of bond collapse and repudiation time, many will begin to better understand what’s going on and who’s who.


24 posted on 12/27/2012 1:45:18 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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