Summary: America is in trouble and we who are in Christ need to do something about it.

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INTRO.- I am concerned about our country. I don’t believe America is as good as she once was. She is not as good politically, socially, morally, patriotically, and spiritually. And perhaps every generation feels the same.

1- POLITICALLY. America is politically divided. It’s the Democrats against the Republicans. The right against the left. The liberals against the conservatives. There is anger on both sides and it’s awful. They don’t know how to disagree without being disagreeable and angry.

ILL.- Comedian Kathy Griffin recently had a picture taken of herself holding a bloody head replica of President Trump. And there has been a lot of backlash even though many people don’t like President Trump. Many TV companies have canceled her appearances and shows. Now she’s blaming Trump, saying it’s his fault, not her fault. COME ON NOW, KATHY GRIFFIN, YOU ARE REAPING WHAT YOU’VE SOWED. She thought she was being funny but it backfired.

I don’t like all the hatred in the political world. Neither side is trying to find some common ground and neither side is completely right on everything.

Politicians need to try as best they can to find some common ground on the issues that divide this country. What’s that old saying? UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL. It’s true for a marriage, a family, a church, and a country. Our politicians need to wake up and start using some common sense and some spiritual sense.

2- SOCIALLY. When I was a kid it seemed like people were more sociable and neighborly. Neighbors visited with neighbors and even helped one another.

ILL.- I remember when my cattle truck driving dad decided to build a bathroom on our house in Webb City, MO.

While my dad was working to frame the bathroom a neighbor came over and helped my dad one day. DO PEOPLE STILL DO THIS KIND OF STUFF? Maybe in Chaffee, MO and smaller communities but it seems more rare these days.

And do people take time to visit with one another? Or are we always in a hurry and don’t have time for others? Do we care about one another as much as people did in the past?

Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Romans 12:16 “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

We need to be good to one another...willing to visit and help one another. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself...” And your neighbor could be your neighbor or anyone else.

3. MORALLY. I believe that morality is lower in America than it has ever been. Many years ago it was considered indecent and perhaps immoral if people used any kind of cuss word on TV or in a movie. NOW IT’S STANDARD FARE. It’s getting harder to find a TV show or a movie where there is no vulgarity, or where they don’t use the “f” word or use the Lord’s name in vain or where there is no nudity and violence.

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Joshua Greene

commented on Jan 7, 2018

Brother Steve, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing this sermon. The focus in our country should be on loving out neighbor, caring for our country, and loving Christ rather than hating our neighbor, disrespecting our country, and disregarding our Savior. The scriptures you use to support your message are wonderfully integrated. Keep up the great work. Your friend, Josh

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