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What is Going on Here...Why America is in the Shape She is in

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Sermon shared by Kevin Bockus

November 2008
Summary: Why is America in the shape she is in? Paul helps to give an understanding in Romans 1:18-32 when he deals with the rejection of God in the Roman society.
Denomination: Holiness
Audience: General adults
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Text: Romans 1:18-32
Title: What Is Going on Here: Why America is in the shape it is in.
Subject: Salvation
Proposition: Rejecting God brings dire consequences.
Interrogative: What are the consequences of rejecting God?
Objective: Therefore, be convinced that God is real.
Transition: Lets look at the consequences of rejecting God.

Introduction

As Paul begins writing to the Romans he deals with the problem of God being rejected by their society.

Ro 1:18 The wrath of God o is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

Ro 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. s Ro 1:22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools t
Ro 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images u made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Those to whom Paul was writing were dealing with men suppressing the truth by their wickedness.

The society also abandoned worshipping God.

They did not recognize the sovereignty of God and failed to give Him thanks – which means they credited all their blessings to themselves.

They replaced God with idols.

America is in a similar situation.

America has been slowing removing God from society.
Court decisions already rendered have resulted in:
• Removal of student prayer: "Prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation between Church and State." Engel v. Vitale, 1962
• Removal of Bible readings: "[N]o state law or school board may require that passages from the Bible be read or that the Lord’s Prayer be recited in public schools or a State at the beginning of each school day." The court went on to say, "[I]f portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be and ...had been psychologically harmful to the [student]. Abington v. Schempp, 1963
• Removal of the Ten Commandments from view: "If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effects at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments...this...is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause." Stone v. Graham, 1980
• Removal of benedictions and invocations from school activities: "Religious invocation...in high school commencement exercise conveyed message that district had given its endorsement to prayer and religion, so that school district was properly [prohibited] from including invocation in commencement exercise." Graham v. Central, 1985; Kay v. Douglas, 1986; Jager v. Douglas, 1989; Lee v. Weisman, 1992
Lower court rulings and state and local officials have gone even further:
• Freedom of speech and press is guaranteed to students unless the topic is religious, at which time such speech becomes unconstitutional. Stein v. Oshinsky, 1965; Collins v. Chandler Unified School District, 1981
• If a student prays over his lunch, it is unconstitutional for him to pray aloud. Reed v. Van Hoven, 1965
• It is unconstitutional for a Board of Education to use or refer to the word "God" in any of its official writings. Ohio v. Whisner, 1976
• In Alaska public schools, students were told they could not use the word "Christmas"
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