Many remember Ruth Graham’s quip of a few years ago: “If God doesn’t bring judgment on America soon, he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

To be sure, her words were tongue-in-cheek, but truth contained in sarcasm is all the more biting for the humor that masks it. Soaring divorce and crime rates, the mounting death toll of slaughtered unborn, sexual mores so permissive as to be perverted are but the most visible manifestations of our decadence.

The fact is, we are a nation overrun by hordes of little tin gods all made in our own image, their charge led by the crown prince of self riding his shiny golden calf. Our various sins spring from one common cause: we do precisely what we want to do, answering only to the whims of our desires.

Mrs. Graham is right. What in the world is God waiting for?

Many Christians keep one eye anxiously cocked on the skies, watching dolefully for signs of God’s wrath—perhaps drought or earthquakes or plague. Maybe the locusts of Exodus have become the medflies of the eighties. Or perhaps Mount Saint Helens is merely a preliminary rumbling of things to come. We tense as each crisis flashes across our TV screens. Then, when the medflies are sprayed into momentary extinction, or the volcano is quiet, we breathe easily again. But deep inside, I suspect, we all know we deserve God’s judgment. A perfect God cannot tolerate flagrant disobedience; we must be living on borrowed time. So our churches fill up with more and more people professing to be born again while the sins that so grieve and offend Almighty God continue. And no matter how much incense we may burn in the shadow of stained glass windows, its scent is overwhelmed by the stench of our sin. Religion is supposed to cure our ills, ...

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