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America's Moral Downturn:
What Lies Ahead?
Does morality matter? What are the long-term consequences when a nation's moral foundation crumbles?

by David Treybig

As the United States gears up for another presidential election, Americans turn their attention to the examination of people and values that are part of the process. Each candidate strives to capture a majority of the electorate's attention through his assessment of the state of the union and thoughts about how to improve the country.
History teaches us that the political process is sure to generate a lot of ideas--many of them in direct conflict with each other.
What is the significance of current thinking and trends in the United States and among its leaders? As the leader of the Western world, what happens in the United States affects the rest of the world as well. Its thinking, trends and culture invariably filter out to other countries.
Where is the United States headed, and how can we measure its progress?
Though most people judge nations by their finances (gross national product, imports, exports, taxes, cost-of-living indexes, inflation, interest rates) and sociology (human rights, personal freedoms, democratic structure, respect for minorities), the Bible reveals a broader and more accurate indicator of the condition of a nation and its people.
Some 3,500 years ago, while working with ancient Israel, God revealed an important principle that identifies worthy international leadership. To the Israelites, whom the Bible describes as examples for us (1Corinthians 10:1-11), God said: "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth . . . And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them" (Deuteronomy 28:1,13).

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