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Despairing of life, a man checks into a hotel at the end of a depressing day. Due to corporate layoffs, he has lost his job and is unable to pay his mortgage, car payment, or child support. Reaching into a corner of his luggage, he uncovers a loaded revolver. With trembling hands he places the barrel next to his temple. Just as he is about to pull the trigger, he thinks of his last hope.

He needs to read a passage from the Scriptures, longing for anything that will encourage him not to give up. He fumbles with the bedside table drawers, looking for a Gideon Bible. Knowing that every hotel and motel room has one, he continues his frantic search. It must be here somewhere…But instead of the Bible, he finds a “One Night Stand” package, and an “Intimacy Kit” with free condoms. In disbelief, he picks up the gun, puts it to his head, and slowly pulls the trigger.

How I wish that I was making this up, but I’m not.  All over the United States, hotels and motels are saying goodbye to Gideon Bibles. It seems that today’s generation is more interested in “sexual lifestyle” products, instead of Scriptures. They like to leave their worries (and their values) behind.

It’s just another sign that the end is near. Our society is turning its back on anything to do with God and morality.

America has always been known as a Christian nation. Not any more. We get upset because there is so much violence, school shootings, child molestation, murder, suicide and crime, etc. And yet, we’ve told God that He is not welcome in our schools, workplaces, or leisure destinations. When we have a national crisis, we all sing “God Bless America”, but what do we give Him to bless?

A nation that turns its back on the Word of God has no hope. Our pledge says “One nation under God”, but we will not submit ourselves to His authority. Our money says “In God We Trust”, but we only trust ourselves, and the almighty dollar.

In my individual life, I need to get back to the Word of God. As a nation, we need to follow its principles.

There is no question that the Bible can’t answer, no fear that it can’t calm. It teaches us how to live purely, and how to love unselfishly. We can find comfort and guidance in its pages. It is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path…

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