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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I read about an opin­ion poll the other day that seems to in­di­cate more and more people are drift­ing away from re­li­gion and no longer have any faith in God. Why do you think this is hap­pen­ing? — J.W.

DEAR J.W.: The poll you men­tion may well be cor­rect; sim­i­lar sur­veys seem to point in the same di­rec­tion. We are liv­ing in an in­creas­ingly sec­u­lar and non­re­li­gious so­ci­ety, and many people to­day never think about God or make Him a part of their lives.

Why is this? One rea­son is be­cause we have failed to pass on our faith in Christ to the next gen­er­a­tion. Fur­ther­more, not only have we failed to ex­plain the Gospel to them and urge them to com­mit their lives to Christ, but we have not demon­strated Christ’s love by the way we live. We have for­got­ten Je­sus’ words: “You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine be­fore others, that they may see your good deeds and glo­rify your Fa­ther in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16).

There are, of course, other rea­sons why our world seems to be less and less re­li­gious. Grow­ing ma­te­ri­al­ism, a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with plea­sure, pres­sures from so­cial me­dia, the less­en­ing of fam­ily ties, grow­ing im­moral­ity — the list is al­most end­less. I of­ten think of the Bi­ble’s pic­ture of the last days: “People will be lovers of them­selves, lovers of money, boast­ful, proud, abu­sive, dis­obe­di­ent to their par­ents, un­grate­ful … lovers of plea­sure rather than lovers of God” (2 Ti­mothy 3:2,4).

At the same time, God is still at work to­day — and in many parts of the world people are com­ing to Christ in un­prece­dented num­bers. Only Christ can sat­isfy the deep­est long­ings of the hu­man heart, and only He can change our lives and give us hope for the fu­ture. Is this hap­pen­ing to you?

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