A lively online exchange with Jim, a like-minded conservative, got me thinking of the various forces that have presently aligned to threaten the foundation of a healthy and prosperous civil society. This foundation is the American family; and God’s word provides the necessary framework to a people that must endure numerous trials, hardships, and adversities over the course of a lifetime (and throughout many generations.) The obstacles come in various forms, as there are many who seek to lead the multitudes away from the tried and true paths of our forefathers. Brother Jim offers some excellent insights on the various challenges faced by today’s American family.
“The core rot in our culture is the destruction of the family. It’s not just welfare; it’s the emasculation/feminization of our boys, masculinization of our girls, destruction of marriage, the constant humiliation and degradation of males in the pop culture, the constant sexualization and degradation of young girls and women in pop culture, the notion that we can pay a day care center to love our babies and children and it will work out just fine, and many other things.
Plus, there’s the nanny state and the constant ‘victimization’ message so many people hear and internalize. If you are Asian, black, Hispanic, female, gay, Muslim/Buddhist/Hindu, or an atheist, then you are a victim of Christian white males—that simply doesn’t work out well for our culture, society, or families. We have never seen such a conflagration of mass media, pop culture, public unions, universities and educators, general propagandists, and politicians all aligned to accomplish such degradation of a nation.”
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There are numerous examples to support these claims, but I’d like to focus on one trend that has proved most troubling—the sexualization of our youth. Most of the problems related to youth sexualization can be directly attributed to the entertainment-based, sexually-desensitizing offerings of our current day. Whether it is pop stars who push the sexual boundaries (e.g., Lady Gaga) or television programs that promote nontraditional immorality as the new normal (e.g., “Modern Family”, “Glee”), children’s heads are being filled with sexually-charged images and attitudes that scream ‘Anything goes!’
Promiscuity, fornication, androgyny, and gender confusion have become heightened and accelerated. What was once a struggle has now become a celebration. But such solutions only make things more complicated and conflicted. God’s standards are not to be altered, tainted, or corrupted to appease carnal depravities.
The doctrine of Original Sin reveals the conflict, a conflict religious humanism ironically ignores at humanity’s expense. Mankind’s rejection of the natural order of our Creator is a carnal and spiritual suicide pact with the devil. Tragedy and consequence are not defeated by unbelief and ignorance. The pride and rebellion that encompasses our naturally unrepentant, unregenerate condition is a reflection of our lost spiritual state. By accepting and tolerating perversion and twisted idolatry, we merely exasperate our spiritual void and restless carnality rather than resolve it. Doing away with the Biblical reality will not resolve the spiritual conflict and natural tension experienced by faithless men and their broken world (no matter how hard we try to control and repair it.) New-World Utopia will always be a lost cause. It’s nothing but a carnal ego-power trip gone awfully and globally wrong.
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