IF MY PEOPLE...
Our nation is in trouble:
i. Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
ii. In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions occurred.
iii. At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, about one-third will have had an abortion. (The Guttmacher Institute - http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html)
i. As of 2003, there were 1.3 million pornographic websites; 260 million pages (N2H2, 2003).
ii. The total porn industry revenue for 2006: $13.3 billion in the United States; $97 billion worldwide (Internet Filter Review).
iii. Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10%; 28% of those are women (internet-filter-review.com).
iv. More than 20,000 images of child pornography posted online every week (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03).
v. "At a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in the divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half such cases. Pornography had an almost non-existent role in divorce just seven or eight years ago." (Divorcewizards.com)
vi. 47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home (Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003).
vii. 9 out of 10 children aged between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet, in most cases unintentionally (London School of Economics January 2002).
viii. Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old (internet-filter-review.com).
ix. Largest consumer of Internet pornography: 12 - 17 year-old age group (various sources, as of 2007).
x. Adult industry says traffic is 20-30% children (NRC Report 2002, 3.3).
xi. Youth with significant exposure to sexuality in the media were shown to be significantly more likely to have had intercourse at ages 14 to 16 (Report in Pediatrics, April, 2006).
xii. "Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions."
( U.S. Department of Justice, Post Hearing Memorandum of Points and Authorities, at l, ACLU v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 824 (1996).
i. Percentage of teenagers who used any illegal drug – 8th gr. 14:8%; 10th gr. 28.7%; 12th gr. 36.5%.
ii. Percentage of teenagers who reported using marijuana – 8th- 11.7%; 10th- 25.2%; 12th-31.5% .
iii. Percentage of teenagers who say using marijuana occasionally poses a "great risk," – 8th- 48.9%: 10th- 35.6%; 12th- 25.9%.
d. The list goes on and on:
ii. Dysfunctional families
iii. Teen suicide on the rise
iv. Greed and vice
Is it any wonder:
a. There is a rise in natural disasters
b. There is a frequency in economic crises
c. There is a heartbreak in almost every family
We have walked away from God as a nation and the church has gotten comfortable in the freedom we have as Americans. The church has been merged into society instead of being distinct.
We can’t forget the warning given in Psalms 9:17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
(SOURCE: from a sermon by Nathan Johnson, "If My People..." SermonCentral.com, 7/1/08)
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