Summary: Sermon on morality, and bringing children up with moral values. For Girl Scout Sunday.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not

depart from it.

We are a nation at war! Not a war of bullets and missiles, not a war of

tanks and planes, but a real war nonetheless. It is a war that is fought

out in the lives of our most precious commodity, our very children. It is a

war that is insidious in nature, devious in implementation, and disastrous

in its results.

We are concerned with a war that is destroying our nation, killing our

children, and causing us to lose our way. It is a war that is being waged

from within and is laying waste to our cities, decimating families, and

causing heartache for tens of thousands each day. This war is the war upon

morality. The casualties are to be found in our integrity, our honesty, and

the respect we hold for all of God’s creation. This war is going to destroy

our country. If we as God’s children do not win this war we will preside

over the destruction of our nation. Today we shall talk about the

"DeMORALization" of America.

Day after day our children are bombarded with ideas, thoughts, and images

that are contrary in nature to the ideals that you and I grew up with. Our

children are faced with challenges and obstacles that you and I would never

have dreamed of in our own childhood. We grew up in a time when getting

high meant climbing a tree!

Day after day we read about, or hear on the news of schools that are

inundated with drugs, or schools where our children’s very physical safety

cannot be assured. This morning I’m telling you that we must do something

about it. We must put a stop to the assault waged on our children. We must

take our children back!

To this end we recognize the work of the Girl Scout organization. Girl

Scout leaders across our nation, and indeed throughout the world spend time

teaching girls to be upstanding citizens. The Girl Scouts is the world’s

pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls, where in an accepting

and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in

the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop

qualities that will serve them all their lives - like strong values, social

conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. In the

Girl Scouts, they discover the fun, friendship, and power of the girls

together; and through the many enriching experiences provided by the Girl

Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouts. Scouting is where

girls grow strong.

Yet for all the good that the organization does, it can only do part. There

are other things that must be taken care of as well.

Our government decided that God has no place in education. Our children

should not learn about God in school. Recent events at schools across our

land, beginning with the horrible tragedy in California this week, and

spilling over even to local schools in Central Florida, show the fallacy of

this idea. Our kids need some sense of direction, and they aren’t getting

it. Children in today’s schools are being taught a humanistic philosophy

that denies God! It was not enough to simply remove Him from the curriculum,

He has been denied in our school system. Today’s moral decay is a direct

result of trying to raise a generation of children to believe that we can be

good without God.

No longer are our children taught absolutes. Everything is a shade of gray

and we must be tolerant of all other lifestyles and philosophies. We pride

personal choice over and above personal responsibility. We pride popularity

over reliability; we pride the freedom to do as we choose over the

obligation to do as we should.

Our scripture this morning says for Parents to train up a child in the way

he should go.the remainder of that scripture promises that when he is old he

will not depart from it.

Tragedies like the one in California are occurring today because yesterday

we decided to remove God from our schools and our homes. If we allow the

world to teach our children that alternative lifestyles are acceptable, or

that adultery is no big deal, or that lying is ok if you have a good reason

we have failed in our responsibility to be the salt of the earth. If we are

not holding our selves and our families accountable to God then we are

contributing to the downfall of our great nation.

How do we reverse this trend? What can we do to bring morality back to our

nation? How can we take back our children?

We Must Reacquaint them with God! (Exodus 20:1-3)

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