We live in one of the most blessed countries of the world since God created the universe. However, since 1963, the spiritual, moral, and financial decline of our country becomes more evident with each passing day. We become what we practice on a daily basis. When we practice godliness, holiness, and righteousness, we become a godly, holy, and righteous people. Let no man deceive you, if you practice righteousness, you are righteous.

On the other hand, if we and or our children practice ungodliness, unholiness, and unrighteousness, we become an ungodly, unholy, and unrighteous people. Two students recently wrote a school paper concerning the rapid moral decline that is taking place within our country. According to their study, the AIDS virus, and other sexually transmitted diseases have continued to increase at alarming rates in the United States of America over the last several years. The children must be taught God's Word on a daily basis in the public schools. They must be made aware of the struggle between Spirit and flesh, Galatians 5:16,17. The children also need to know what the fruit of the Spirit is, Galatians 5:22,23. They must be instructed that unless they are married, they are not to be joined together as one, Galatians 6:7,8,9,10.

I recently met a young boy named Joshua who is approximately 12 or 13 years of age. I asked him if he could tell me about Joshua in the Bible. His answer was simply stated: who is he? Please read Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1,2 and Revelation 1:3. Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." In both Matthew 21:43 and Psalms 9:17, the Lord shares with us what happens to people and nations who walk contrary to His statutes and commandments. Our children are in the public schools being taught anything and everything except what is important, God's Word.

It is extremely important to know the state of the flock at all times, Proverbs 27:23. We are responsible and accountable for the daily spiritual growth and moral leadership of the children in this country. What is taking place on many of the college campuses throughout this country? The exact same things that were taking place when God Almighty had Noah build an ark. We must teach our children not only the importance of repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, but also the importance of obedience after baptism, Matthew 28:18,19,20. The regular partaking of the Lord's Supper is also a must, John 6:53, 54. The amount of debt the federal government has acquired since daily prayer and daily Bible class study were withdrawn from the public school systems is an insurmountable amount for man. However, with God in our daily lives, and in the daily lives of our children, it is nothing, for with God all things are possible.

Thank you,
Mark Berryhill