Headlines pound us with the seemingly unending issues of the day. Might there be a common underlying cause?

  1. Ask the average American to list the nation’s problems and he will complain about a shaky economy, political shenanigans, environmental pollution, and turmoil in foreign countries long before he will mention moral decadence and disregard of religious standards.
  1. But these “also ran” problems are in fact the cause of the headline problems.
  1. Too many people have lost the ability to discern good from evil. Immorality has dulled their early warning radars. Using the word “evil” is politically incorrect, and soothing all-is-well whispers lull us to sleep.
  1. Thus we elect people who should not be elected, spend money we should not spend, project weakness where we should be strong, and chase solutions to problems that are not really problems … and suffer the consequences.
  1. All because of the failure to recognize good where it exists and evil where it is budding.
  1. Isaiah nailed our upside-down day: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
  1. A world without the distinctions of good and evil is a world of mush – a world where resistance to the machinations of Satan is similarly firm.

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Gary Lawrence is a political pollster and the author of “The War in Heaven Continues; Satan’s Tactics to Destroy You, Christianity, the Family, the Constitution, and America.”