(All Scriptures are NASB except where otherwise noted.)
The Effect of Immorality on an Entire Culture
It has come as an enormous shock to those who were raised in a Christian-friendly culture, that in one generation, the foundations of Judeo-Christian law and morality have been upended.
Laws have been passed that criminalize help for homosexuals and others who want to leave broken lifestyles. Pornography flows like a sewer into every corner of the globe. Children have been forced to endure the invasive eyes of opposite sex people in bathrooms and showers, while they are being force-fed “how-to” lessons on unimaginably perverse behaviors in our nation’s classrooms, libraries and media of every kind. Not to mention the pervasiveness of the sex trafficking of minors worldwide.
The wicked strut about on every side
when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Our culture has thrown off the moral restraints that have governed western nations for millennia (Proverbs 29:18). The wholesale murder of children in their mother’s wombs and the genocide of the elderly has become the norm rather than the exception. Everyone seems to do what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25; Proverbs 21:2; Isaiah 5:21).
In lament, the psalmist cries out…..
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Christianity is now the most persecuted religion on the planet. According to John Paul II’s Commission for the New Martyrs of the Great Jubilee, during the 20th century, more people were killed for believing in Jesus than in all the previous centuries combined! In fact, the number killed is almost double that of the preceding 1,900 years.
From AD 33 to 1900, there were 14 million documented martyrs, whereas the number of martyrs in just the last century is estimated to be 26 million.
The genocide of Armenian Christians by the Turkish government between 1905 and 1918 numbered 2 million alone. Add to that the tens of millions of Christian martyrs in Uganda, China, N. Korea, India and the Middle East and you have a horrific slaughter.
For the most part, western believers have escaped “Red Martyrdom”, (when a Christian is killed for his faith). In contrast, “White martyrdom”, (when a Christian is persecuted for his faith), has now become a fixture of European and American life.
People are losing their jobs and reputations. They are being ridiculed and attacked in public gatherings and forums. Much of Christian history and science has been removed from our nation’s curricula.
Believers are denied a voice on almost every secular media outlet and social media platform. Like the Nazi’s and communists before them, their persecutors (most recently, Amazon) have begun to ban books again. This time, the books are from Christian authors who are trying to share Christ and His transforming power with sexually broken people.
We Live in “Orwellian” Times
It’s as George Orwell prophesied in his book, 1984……
Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
The process [of mass-media deception] has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt…. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies all this is indispensably necessary.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder [read, abortion] respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Aldous Huxley chimed in with this succinct observation in his book, Brave New World…..
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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Kyle Foster