The answer to the question is NOT that “it has always been that way”. Matthew Henry writes in his Bible Commentary that Jeremiah had trouble finding a single righteous man in Jerusalem (Jer. 5:1). If you had 20 non-believers and 20 believers in the LORD, 15 non-believers would do evil, while only 5 believers would do good. Zephaniah 3:7, referring to those in disobedience to God, says “they were more eager to make all their deeds corrupt.”
Where are we today as a nation? God gave us rights as humans and our government is working to take those rights away. They can’t take away “certain unalienable rights” that came from God unless we let them. Our leaders in all 3 branches of government are untrustworthy. The over-sight agencies, such as the FBI, are unable or unwilling to enforce laws that hold our leaders accountable, so corruption abounds. When the nation’s people look the other way because of politics, power and money, they become just as guilty. Our churches have become afraid to stand up for honesty and morals. The current two presidential candidates are a reflection of what we have become as a nation, and it isn’t good! There are indeed consequences for disobedience; don’t take my word for it, read for yourself…Zephaniah 3:6-8. Get on your knees, pray, and then stand up for Jesus and His Holy Word!