Secularism leads to moral decay in U.S.

“Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” the rich, young ruler implored. Christ Jesus told him to keep the commandments and then sell what he had and give to the poor. The rich, young ruler sauntered away disheartened. There are a few truths behind this encounter of Christ with this rich, young ruler.

1. There is a cost one pays for following Christ.

2. Something is required of men upon becoming Christians.

3. Following Christ entails obedience.

4. A man is told to take up his cross and follow Jesus if he wants to be his follower.

The moral fabric that holds society together are the 10 Commandments. We hold the 10 Commandments to be the basic tenets of society. Take away the 10 Commandments and you have mayhem in our culture. Our lawmakers in Congress have done such a thing, hence, now society is becoming a civilization of mass shootings in public. Television is the biggest promoter of violence. Sociologists cannot blame the environment a gunman or bombing terrorist grew up in for his antisocial conduct since within the heart of every one of us are the seeds for violence.

So what do we learn from the 10 Commandments:

1. We live in the age of grace, and 10 Commandments were fulfilled at the cross.

2. Love is the fulfillment of Mosaic Law: Loving God and neighbor.

3. The 10 Commandments epitomize God’s nature or character.

4. The 10 Commandments give us a sense of sin.

5. The 10 Commandments only condemn, but don’t give life.

6. The law has not died, but believers died to its demands.

7. The law was our schoolmaster (guardian) leading us to Christ.

8. Finally, the old letter of the law holds no sway in the believer’s life since he would fall hopelessly under sin. We do not live under strict interpretation of the law.

9. Believers live under the spirit of the law, the fulfilled law.

To summarize, America based its heritage on the 10 Commandments, but with the proliferation of secularism comes the onslaught of moral decay.

JOHN SIRTOLI

Gloversville