Have you ever seen the television series, “House?” Now, have you ever heard older folks say that society has gotten worse than it was when they were kids? And did you hear anyone respond by saying that things are actually the same as they ever were, it only seems like they are worse? Well, the television series. “House,” is proof that things have gotten worse than they used to be, and that those who say it isn’t true do not understand what they are saying. This is especially true for those under the age of forty. If you are under forty, you may not be able to see it. But, if they are honest, those who are over forty will tell you that things have gotten much worse. In fact, those of us over forty have seen moral decay ‘progressively’ overtake this nation until, in less than a generation’s time, we have gone from “Little House on the Prairie” to “House.” If you doubt me, allow me to explain.
In the series, “House,” you will see drug abuse glorified; partial nudity; teen-aged sex; promiscuity; adultery; wanton disregard for the law; the justification of murder in the name of ‘mercy;’ and the questioning and even open mocking of God. At one time, all of these things were either illegal or voluntarily banned from public broadcasting — especially on prime time television. But, since “House” went off the air in 2012, things have not gotten better, they have gotten even worse. We now have shows on our television glorifying meth pushers; swingers; adultery and promiscuity and more. The number one show on television — NCIS — even justifies total disregard for the law and U.S. Constitution. When I was growing up, none of this — none of it — would have been allowed on television. If you doubt me, find and watch reruns of what was a controversial show at the time, “Miami Vice.” Compare them to today and you will see that I am telling the truth.
So we can see evidence of our moral decay in just one television show. But we can also find it in the commercials we see. A generation ago, it was illegal to show commercials for women’s underwear, or for condoms. Pornography magazines were kept covered behind the counter, now hard-core porn is nearly impossible to avoid. Spend enough time on the internet and it will find its way onto your screen. And there’s more. The song lyrics on our radios would have been banned when I was a kid, as would most of the content on what passes for situational comedy today. The truth is, we have become a sexually decadent, bordering on perverse society. But then, if we still bothered to teach it, we might remember that Aldous Huxley warned us this would happen in his book, “Brave New World.”
We have other examples of the moral decay every week. This past week, we had a U.S. Senator boasting that he lied about a Presidential candidate’s taxes. When asked about it, he didn’t express any remorse. Instead, he actually justified it by saying that the Presidential candidate didn’t win. To this Senator, the ends justify the means. If we still taught history, maybe we would realize that President Nixon was not impeached for anything he actually did, but for a lie he told. If you do not see how far we have slid into the abyss in this case, keep reading.
A few weeks ago, we had a case about a pizza shop that was set up by a reporter. The reporter knew the shop was owned by Christians, so she asked them if they would cater a gay wedding. When the shop said no, it was immediately attacked by people who claim they are tolerant. The shop owners even received death threats, and a public school teacher publicly called for people to help her burn the pizza shop to the ground. Nothing was done to any of these people. Instead, the pizza shop owners were treated as though they had done something wrong. For the record: the pizza shop owners did nothing wrong. they were exercising their First Amendment rights. The people who set them up, threatened to kill them, burn down their shop and defame their character all broke the law. If for nothing else, for violating and seeking to deny the owner’s freedom of conscience. Had this happened when I was young, all those people who did this to the pizza shop would likely have been charged, tried, convicted and jailed, but today — nothing.
I have written many times about how strongly our founders stressed the need for morality if this nation wanted to remain free and self-governing. A common sense of morality is the glue that binds a society together. If it is undermined, the society will decay and die. But this is exactly what has happened to America, and it is being done deliberately by people who think, if they can succeed in destroying America as founded, they will then be free to re-make it according to their heart’s desires. Well, this is what happened to Israel shortly before God destroyed it and sent His people into exile for more than 2,600 years. It is why the prophet wrote:
Isaiah 5:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
But more than this, Jesus had harsh words for the type of people we have become — especially those who claim to be our leaders. The following passage is lengthy, but important. As you read it, ask yourself how many of our politicians, lawyers, judges, teachers and other government and institutional leaders match the description Jesus is condemning. How many of them will pass harsh laws, but exempt themselves from those laws? How many will say one thing, but then do another. How many will trample someone to be first in front of the camera? How many will do things they should not do to be seen as doing good — then not actually do that good? How many are the modern day equivalent of the people Jesus is condemning in this passage?
Matthew 23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their [a]phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called [b]leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
When a society is as far gone as we are, there is little chance of saving it. Either we will recognize that God has been warning is and we will turn back to Him and repent, or He will destroy us. it is that simple. I pray that we will turn and repent, but I do not believe there are enough left in this nation who fear God enough to make the difference. So, short of an act of God, I expect this nation to fall, and with our leaders openly inviting ISIS to come in to our country, set up camp and train to attack us without saying a word, I expect America to fall in the very near future. When it does, I will be among those who can remember what America was like at the height of its glory and power in the 1960-80, and I will see what it is like in its ruin.
My heart breaks to know that we have come to the point where this future is all but certain…