In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the 1960s; its promise, passion, and problems and where to place our hope. Here are some excerpts:

The 1960s

“…I remember the 1960s well, as our own children grew up. The great sports heroes were Johnny Unitas, the intrepid quarterback, and Wilt Chamberlain, the seven-foot center and scoring machine. Mickey Mantle was the home run king, and Arnold Palmer was the golfer of the decade. You had rock stars like Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It was when Detroit was putting 400-horsepower motors in 3,000-pound cars and selling them for $2,500. The sixties were a time of


The Moral Fabric of Our Nation

You see, it was in the early 60s that the major fabric of our nation slowly began to tear, even though we didn’t realize it at the time. In fact, most people would look back and say that it was in the 1970s where all the difficult times began, but it was in the 1960s that the fabric began to tear. Relativism and pragmatism began to be the dominant thinking of our society. Moral absolutes were just washed down the drain…

Our Hope

“…We plead for forgiveness for a nation that will not ask forgiveness for itself. God will spare us, I do believe, for the sake of the seven thousand who have not bowed their knee to Baal (1 Kings 19:18). God would have spared Sodom if He had found ten righteous men in the city (Genesis 18:32). God honors the faithful remnant. Our hope is not in a Democratic or a Republican President or Congress. Our hope is not in liberalism or conservatism. We have only one hope, and that is in the holy, righteous, sovereign God Whom we have spurned, but Who yet desires to save and bless those who will lift up His name, and honor and worship Him…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

April 30, 1995

Proverbs 16:18

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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