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Amos 7:7-8

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According to the Barna Research Group, "only 9% of born again teens believe in moral absolutes and just 4% of the non-born again teens believe that there are moral absolutes." 


I don't know what you want to do with that information, but please don't use it to be critical of this generation. They've grown up in an environment that is hostile toward Christianity, and yet every year they say to their Christian friends, I'll see you at the pole to pray for our school and our nation. They've turned down the offers from their school administrators to take a condom and give into their base desires and instead replied back to them, "no thank-you, we know that true love waits." As we sing the words of their poets in our worship services I cry out to the Lord with them that "God will let them be the generation that seeks the faith of the God of Jacob." They cry out for "clean hands" and "pure hearts," and I join them in praying for it for them and for us.

So I'm left asking, why do only 9% of the Christians of this generation believe in moral absolutes? Part of the reason is their parents and grandparents, by a 3-1 margin, they don't believe in absolute truth either. (

Another contributor could be a reaction against those who claim to be the exclusive holders of the absolute truth. In his speech accepting the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, "The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world's ills or one solution to humanity's needs has done untold harm throughout history." ( I want to underscore his words, "one people in possession of the truth."

"This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. [8] And the Lord asked me, 'What do you see, Amos?'

'A plumb line,' I replied.

Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer." (Amos 7:7-8 NIV)

I don't claim to be an expert on making things "square, level and plumb." Usually when I cut a board, I measure it for length on two places on the board, visualize a line between the two dots and saw the board. I'm usually in too big a hurry to get out a square and mark the board before I cut. My idea of leveling 

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