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Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 14:47:28 -0600
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COLUMN: From Friend to Friend

Our Changing Culture
by Phil Sanders

A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll
reveals that 42 percent of US adults are not
"absolutely certain" there is a God compared to 34
percent who felt that way when asked the same
question three years ago. Eight percent is
statistically significant. People are changing.

When questioned whether God is male or female, 36
percent of respondents said they think God is
male, 37 percent said neither male nor female, and
10 percent said "both male and female." One
percent think of God as a female.

As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29
percent believe he does, while 44 percent said God
"observes but does not control what happens on
Earth."

A recent Barna report noted that many US adults
don't look at morality the way their fathers did.
There are large generational gaps in how people
decide what is right and wrong. Nearly half of all
older adults said they view moral truth as
absolute, but only three out of 10 Busters (born
between 1964 and 1981) embraced the concept of
absolute truth. Two-thirds of those over 40 said
humans should determine what is right and wrong
morally by examining God's principles; less than
half of Busters felt this way. Instead, nearly
half of Busters said that ethics and morals are
based on "what is right for the person," compared
with just one-quarter of pre-Busters.

What has happened?

Many in this country have effectively silenced
God's voice. The courts ordered our schools to
abandon prayer and Bible reading in the 60s,
replacing them with evolution and situation
ethics. Much of the media has joined with the
agenda to push God out of our society, leaving an
enormous spiritual vacuum. Many regard Christians
as fanatics, right-wing radicals, and hypocrites.

We can no longer assume today that people know the
God of the Bible. Even those who read and study
feel little hesitation to read into the Bible what
they prefer to believe rather than accept what the
Bible says for itself.

What can we do?

Live righteous lives. Preach the gospel again and
again. Display faith, hope, and love. Speak a good
word about Jesus. Continue to vote godly people
into political offices. Support truly Christian
causes. Reach out to a friend with the good news.
Advertise gospel preaching on television, radio,
and the internet. Give a tract. Invite a friend to
worship with you. Work harder, and don't give up.

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