We are born wanting and needing a love that carries meaning. It is desired and searched for by all of us. We talk little about this important part of our lives, but we are constantly in the pursuit of it. A great deal of singing and songwriting is about a love that is sexualized but never satisfying.

Modern culture in America has become much like the conquered cultures of history. The restraints of civility and respect become broken, and then we are at liberty to destroy our cultural ship on the rocky coasts of depravity and license.

The world system of “love” today is not intended to have any labels or genders. It wells up from a lustful carnality to consume anything that might seek to stop it. Bold-faced sin is at the heart of such cultural deceit.

From the pit of perversions to the dark streets of prostitution, love has been misconstrued by our permissive hearts, just as in other societies of the past.

Forget about who is exploited or abused, as long as our ravenous needs are met! We have learned to saturate society with sexuality in order to market goods and make money. Who cares if we lose our cherished land – at least we will die wealthy!

It is the children who suffer the most when sexual sin steps in. Sixty million abortions in 45 years is tragic in morals, money and heartbreak of a thousand kinds. Just from the accountant’s viewpoint, each million’s wage earners could have generated a trillion dollars of economic value very easily in their lifetimes.

Twenty years of a $50,000 income equals $1 million, and that figure times a million people is one trillion. Multiply that times the 60 million abortions, and we lose the $60 trillion in stimulus that could have been – and these minimum figures expand as works labor longer than 20 years and generate more than $50,000.

We are on the wrong side of God’s promise to bless those who bless His name and to curse those who do not. Proverbs 14:34 still reads: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Every other imploded society thought they also could get by with their sin if they gave it a new label and justified it under the placard of “love.”

God took note then, and He still does now.

We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7,8). Put one seed of corn in the warm, moist soil, and you might reap over 500 new kernels on the cob. Sowing to the wind only yields a whirlwind. The moral weed crop will never fail. We will get more than we bargained for outside the blessing of God, and it will cost us more and take us further the wrong direction than we ever imagined we’d go.

Anti-American politicians and one-world organizers seem to care nothing about what is wholesome and right for our land. Under pretexts of environmental preservation, fairness to everyone or tolerance of anything, way too many folks are caught up in the fervor of hatred – beginning with a big dislike for God.

Their depraved agendas have complete disregard for the America our descendants one day might have, if there is still to be one. The Godless thinkers do not stop with abortion of the pre-born – they must go on to promote the bathroom confusion, sex-swapping and multiplicity of same-gender “lovers” to school-aged youths.

The Devil is against anything connected with life – especially eternal life. None of the anti-God agendas generate life. They are centered on self-gratification and major on taking rather than giving.

We seldom hear of atheist relief for the poor in society or hospitals founded and financed by the sexually perverted. Donations to righteous, Godly charities by liberal progressives are way down, according to statistics. Assistance in the time of natural disaster seems never to be in the thoughts or prayers of the “me” community.

Man’s poor attempts to find real love are in stark contrast to Godly love. John writes in his gospel account that heaven-sent love caused God to give (John 3:16) what was greatest and most precious to Him.

Then, in the first epistle of John, we read about love’s source: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Instead of the quest for love being the cause for sin, true, Godly love is the satisfaction for the penalty of sin. That propitiation (appeasement of wrath) for sin is provided by God the Father in the person of Jesus Christ – God the Son.

Instead of dwelling upon how good we are and how hard we work, perhaps we would do much better to consider how offensive our sin is to a holy God and how helpless we are to absolve the debt by ritual or righteousness.

One tiny sin on our ledgers could never be erased by a mountain-sized pile of good deeds, accomplished by a multitude of humanity’s very best folks. Any sin is an abomination to God, and it takes the action of God to forgive sin and to redeem the broken relationship. We simply must be saved from the penalty of our sin – and that has to come from a source outside of ourselves. It must be a supernatural solution for our natural sin. Isaiah 64:6 informs: “But we are all as an unclean thing.”

God’s Son answers the lawyer’s tempting question about our greatest focus of love: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind … And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37,39). Jesus’ answer is also recorded in Mark 12 and in Luke 10. Love for God is the only right answer for the sin of man, and it brings the added value of enabling us to love and to forgive the folks in our lives.

Maybe you have sung the verses in 1 John chapter four about permitting real love to grow in our lives: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7,8).

Jesus said that the second-greatest love we can express is that we “shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). It is made possible only when our love for God is full-hearted and minded (verse 37). The foundation for real love is that we be born of God so that we can begin to know God. Let’s get going!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.