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Ken Sims, Moorhead, Published December 12 2012

Letter: ‘Moral cliff’ more worrisome than the looming fiscal cliff

Every day we hear and read about the looming “fiscal cliff.” I am more concerned about a more serious problem in our society. I guess you could call it the “moral cliff.” Sad to say, we as a country have already gone over it.

Have you noticed that what was once wrong is now right, and what was once right is now wrong? People vote for what they want, not what is right. We live in the “Age of Feelings.” The heart has replaced reason and values. People make big decisions and vote based on feelings alone. Feelings make us human, but they are terrible guides on what is morally right. Because of the decline in our morals, our culture and values are eroding right before our very eyes. We are no longer accountable for our behavior.

Parents and educators believe and teach that when it comes to sex, teenagers will simply act on their feelings, so all we adults can do is provide them with contraceptives and sex education about contraception. To think that teenagers might actually curb their sexual appetites and live by certain values is regarded as antiquated nonsense.

The impulse to redefine marriage in order to recognize same-sex relationships is an indication of the erosion of the marriage culture. The words “bride” and “groom” – along with “husband” and “wife” – are about to become archaic language as government officials must remove these terms from marriage and divorce certificates. Get ready for “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2.”

The fact that the North Dakota abortion numbers have been steady is evidence that the culture of death is prevailing in our community. Life is a sacred gift from God. Yet we return the gift unopened.

Religious freedom is under attack because of the new mandate on contraception coverage. At the Democratic National Convention, God was purposely removed from their platform, and then barely reinstated. Political correctness is the new standard.

Any mention of God is challenged because the Supreme Court opined that our Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. The phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the U.S. Constitution. The result is that we are becoming a godless culture with no moral compass. Without the truth that only God can provide, right and wrong become relative.

God bless America? I don’t know why he should when we are trying to eliminate him from our society. The good news is that it’s never too late to reverse the moral decline in our country. God gives us many second chances. And he even tells us how.