A Time to Pray
by Darna Bedwell Gutter
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The degeneration of a society begins in subtle ways until one day what may seem like suddenly, you have full-blow corruption that seems without remedy.
Recently I visited the small town where I was born for an extended stay of a few weeks. I frequented the Library which was a hub as there was little else to do there. I regret having to say that I found evidence of this subtle degeneration in the first book I checked out of the library. The title and cover summary gave me no indication that I would find unsuitable material within its pages. But after just a few pages there was female degradation and sexual brutality described.
I took the book back to the library to inquire as to why such material was being peddled and who was responsible. The head librarian took what she seemed to view as credit for this raunchiness of content and concluded it was a matter of opinion whether it was offensive or not.
She went on to say that for the 20 years she'd been there it was what the community was requesting to read. But at the same time she was unwilling to cater to my stance against this type of material else she would be "obliging my personal taste and enlisting censorship over my concerns". Yet she was willing to oblige the personal taste of those who supposedly wanted this type of material available in the public library.
The availability of this material could have likely been the source to ignite such taste in the community over these 20 years at the government's expense. Catering to what probably may have been just a few has served to ensnare many and not just adults, as access to the library facility is available to all ages.
Of course I'm in no position to say what percentage of books fit this category. But its enough for me that the librarian would defend and make efforts to nurture this taste to patrons who would better serve the community by frequenting some adult book store rather than drag the whole community into this moral degradation on the premise of avoiding censorship.
I knew this town beyond 20 years ago and although I was born here, I was not raised here. However, in earlier years I used to visit with some frequency, and I still have numerous relatives in the area. It used to be a quaint little sleepy town of friendly folks. But not having visited it for more than 10 years has made the change more startling.
Today the friendliness feels a bit superficial and its almost like a ghost town. There is a thick desolate feeling with as much as a third of the town filled with abandoned old buildings and houses. No new business are able to thrive. Its almost like a wasteland and it doesn't help that there is probably casinos in every direction. Drugs have comfortably found a home here too. Obviously these vices can sap the moral fiber out of a community and devastate a small town.
At the same time there are a good number of churches trying to thrive in these desolate conditions. Unfortunately many of them may be watered down by a lukewarm flock that could be indulging in the aforementioned vices. Without constructive efforts to heal the land, people are falling prey to these entrapments.
There could be many little towns such as this across America, that's why I won't name this one. But I appeal to the churches to address these snares and warn their congregations to avoid these entanglements and begin to intercede in prayer for the healing of our land. "If the people would cry out unto the Lord and repent of their sins, He will heal our land."
Even in small towns the churches must get serious to enlist their faithful to enter into spiritual warfare against this tide of complacency. It only takes a chosen few to persevere and intercede for the glory of God to revive the people and heal our land.
I would also appeal to those in places of influence to ask themselves how they are using their influence to impact their communities? Are their efforts serving to degenerate or embellish the well being and quality of life for future generations by conserving moral integrity and values?
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Your title says it well. It is amazing how we can sit like the frog in a pan of water and don't know we are dying until the water starts boiling and it is too late. May we pray for healing of our land - but more so for our own souls because others are following in our footsteps.
I just read something that really scared me. Some pastors are now suggesting that they should stop talking about sin in church. That it offends people! Well, excuse me, but if any of them agree, then they will be offending God. Times are dangerous everywhere and if our churches fall into this practice of being politically correct . . . Then God help them.