I've known it was happening for quite some time, but today, more than ever, I am convinced that our society has absolutely lost its direction. The model of awareness of the world around us and and adapting to it has been replaced by a corrupt notion of caving in to and pandering to the few, or what the minority thinks. I mean, everyone knows we have to be “PC”, right? I recall back in the early 90’s a special TV program entitled, “The Gay Nineties” that aired, and basically they were telling us that it was time for the religious right to get over their self and accept that this was the way things were going to be in America. Despite the fact that (at that time) less than 2% of the Nation was gay, we were told that society was going to change and adapt to help those that that were gay to take their rightful place in our society. The 98% would have to surrender our rights to the 2%. I remember thinking at that time, “you’ve got another think coming if you think we are simply going to change our laws and way of life to please the few.” Well, here we are some 17 years later, and everything they said in that program has happened… and more.
Now, let me just say for those who do not know me, I am not a homophobic gay basher. I have family members who are gay, and friends who are gay, and I love them. Still, I believe it is wrong that the masses must adapt our thinking to pander to the small minority. The fact that less than an hour away from me, in Iowa, If I were to stand in the pulpit in the church and state (what the Bible clearly states) that homosexuality is a sin, I could be arrested and thrown into prison, is just mind boggling to me. In 17 years we’ve adapted our laws to not just “accept” someone’s choice, but now we will actually punish anyone who does not agree with them! This is just one example of how we, as a society have lost our way.
Turn on your radio and listen to some of the “music” that is being pumped through the air waves. The profanity, vulgarity, the racial slurs, the hatred… I am just stunned at times at what I hear. I can recall a time in my youth, somewhere about 1972 when David Cassidy of The Partridge Family had a song out that was banned from the airwaves because it was “too suggestive.” Mind you, it did not even use the words, it only “suggested” sexual intercourse. Man, we have slipped a long way down that slope! A couple of nights ago my wife and I were sitting in our living room watching a movie on television, when one of the characters said something that caused me to stop and look and see what channel I was watching. Sure enough, on one of the main networks, during prime-time, they were using language (not bleeping it either) that just a few years ago was totally unacceptable in public, certainly on television. Back in the 70’s George Carlin made a lot of money with a comedy routine called “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” The language coming through my TV screen today is FAR worse than some of the words George used in that routine. Some would say “we’ve come a long way.” I say we’ve lost our way as a society. Today, we are a people living in a society in which illusion prevails over fact, and lies drown out honesty, because these are more popular with our new "majority". This “majority” is really a small segment that believes that they “know better” than the masses, and they will therefore make the decisions for us. This “new majority” sets the value system and little by little erodes any clear moral lines of definition. And those of us who disagree... especially if we happen to be Christians, are labeled "intolerant" and judgmental. Yet, no one seems to understand that they are in fact judging us! We choose to live with moral restraint, and because we don't agree with their new way of life without restraint, WE are the problem, and they have no problem saying that Christianity has to go, and some even openly say that Christians should be put to death. Funny, but the Islamic folk have an often more strict view of society, condoning the stoning deaths of those who live an immoral life... yet no one is saying a word about them... only the Christians.
Why do you think that is?
I will leave you with this thought to chew on for now...
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish : but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
In the Bible In Basic English translation, it reads: "Where there is no vision, the people are uncontrolled; but he who keeps the law will be happy."
Part 2 tomorrow.