The most significant change in the post war era has been the secularization of the American culture. This secularization seems to have accelerated in the last two decades.
Obviously, many of the social problems we face are the result of this momentous change from our dependence upon God to a dependence on ourselves. The end of this metamorphosis is the removal of a moral anchor.
The “big” problems that the politicians, both Presidential and other, are addressing in this election such as energy, unemployment, education deficiencies, middle-class deterioration, and health care cost explosion can be traced, in part, to this secularization. I can see a moral code, or lack thereof, being a factor in most all of these conditions.
Jerry Falwell’s moral majority, it seems, has become, now a moral minority. The political campaigns, not only the Presidential, seem to mention God and faith with some trepidation, almost apologetic. They speak the minimum to anything religious, it appears, as if not to offend a block of voters. Maybe the campaigns know more about what people think then I give them credit. Anyway, it’s a long jump from the days when President Eisenhower prayed at his own Inaugural.
God did not change(Malachi 3:6) - we changed. The whole Western World culture has changed and refocused their aspirations to the secular. Nowhere is this more evident than in our churches. Churches are not distinct anymore ! Churches kind of blend in with the prevailing culture.
So, on the eve of this 2012 election the politicians have missed or avoided, the real important question.