Worship Notes

Thoughts From A Christian Patriot:
Part 3- The Degradation of
American Morality

It seems to me that morality issues are increasingly becoming bigger topics in the legal scene than ever before. States are passing gay marriage laws, abortion laws are constantly being fought for and against from all sides of the issue, infanticide has become a hot topic of late, euthanasia is still a topic that often comes up in courts, and there are many more examples.

Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, against homosexual rights or for them, or whatever your moral stance is on the wide variety of issues that have come up, here's a question that I think we all have to ask ourselves:

Where Does This All Stop?

As I write this, I am 34 years old. In my 34 years, I have watched American society continue on a moral degrade to the point that our "tolerence" has allowed just about any form of filth to creep in without opposition. Let me give you some examples:

I'm a fan of classic television. I love watching a lot of the shows from the 50s and 60s. I'm also a Sci-Fi fan. One of my favorite shows is the original Star Trek, which ran from 1966-1969. I've seen every episode several times. In the entire 3-year run of that show, there is only one curse word. At the end of one of the episodes, a distressed Captain Kirk, upset at having just lost a love, says "Let's get the hell out of here." That was in 1967.

I remember the first time I heard the "A" word on television. It shocked me, and embarrassed me just a little. It was in a sitcom in the 80s. You see, it used to be that the only bad language you heard on television was on the pay channels. But then it started creeping into network television. You'd hear the occasional "H" word (like in the aforementioned Star Trek episode) or maybe a "D" word, so long as it didn't have the word "God" in front of it. Then the "A" word started appearing more and more on network tv, and society was fine with it as long as it wasn't followed by "hole", but now that's also acceptable. Then the "B" word quickly followed. But you would never hear the "S" word, or "GD", and certainly not the "F" word on network television. And now, those are creeping in with increased frequency.

It's interesting how the "F" word can end up on network television. I remember the first time I heard it. It was on ABC's network premiere of the movie "Saving Private Ryan". This is an historical fiction story that takes place during the Normandy Invasion at the end of WWII. For reality's sake, there is a lot of violence and language in this movie, and out of respect for the movie (and the history behind it), ABC decided to play it uncut. Now, to be completely honest, I think every American ought to see "Saving Private Ryan" so that they can get a realistic glimpse of what real men did in order to preserve our freedom. I cry every time I watch that movie. I probably feel as strongly about "Ryan" as I do "The Passion of the Christ", which is also a movie that I think every person needs to see. But my concern is that ABC's broadcast of a movie with so many F-bombs sets a precedent for future broadcasts.

Here's the question: Where Does This All Stop? 40 years ago, society would have been horrified to hear some of the language that you can now hear in almost any given sitcom. Then, later on, you only heard it on pay channels. Now you can hear almost all of it on network tv. What's next? Bad language in children's programming? It may sound ridiculous, but I would also think that many people from the 50's and 60's probably couldn't have imagined what filth we allow on network tv. What will we be allowing 40 years from now?

50 years ago, the majority of society viewed homosexuality is immoral, unnatural, and wrong. In fact, homosexuality is one of the few things that almost every culture has at one time deemed immoral, unnatural, and wrong. Were there homosexuals 50 years ago? Yes, but not near as many as there are today, and most of them engaged in homosexual activity behind closed doors. It was frowned upon by society. Later on, people tolerated it a little more, but they still didn't want you coming "out of the closet". In fact, Ellen DeGeneres lost a sitcom over her "coming out". Whatever you did in your spare time was your business. "Don't ask, don't tell." They said.

Later, society said homosexuality was ok as long as we didn't have gays in the military, or let them have marriage rights. Then, we adopted a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military. And people were ok with that, so long as gays still didn't have marriage rights. Then, states started passing marriage rights for gays. Keep in mind, 50 years ago the vast majority of society considered the act(s) of homosexuality to be wrong. But now, society says, "It doesn't matter that it's immoral, because as long as you're not hurting anybody you can do whatever you want. After all, it's just their sexual preference, right?"

Here's the question: Where Does This All Stop? What will we be allowing people to do 50 years from now that we currently consider to be immoral? Will we be allowing pedophilia, beastiality, necrophilia? Because after all, it's just their sexual preference, right? Again, this may sound ridiculous, but I would bet that people 50 years ago would never have imagined that society would one day endorse homosexuality the way it has in recent years.

And while we are on the subject of homosexuality, let's call a spade a spade. Homosexuality is a sexual preference - nothing more. People were not "born" homosexual, as so many claim. If they were, how would we propagate as a species? It is unnatural. It's something that is almost non-existent in the Animal Kingdom. And in the few cases that you do see it in the Animal Kingdom, it's mostly a case of "mistaken identity". Are some men a little more effeminate (and some women a little more masculine) in their mannerisms and speech? Yes. But that doesn't make them homosexual, any more than being intelligent makes you a nuclear physicist. You are what you choose to be.

Now before I start getting nasty letters, understand that I don't dislike or hate gays. I think they are engaging in an immoral act, but that doesn't mean they are bad people. It doesn't mean they can't contribute to society. It doesn't mean that God doesn't love them. And it certainly doesn't mean that they can't get saved. I even have friends who are/have been homosexual. Do I hate them? Of course not. But I also believe they are engaging in an immoral act because they have been deceived into thinking that there is nothing wrong or unhealthy about it. The sheer amount of disease that permeates throughout the homosexual community is another proof that it is unnatural and unhealthy.

Where Does This All Stop? This is the question that we Americans need to be asking ourselves as we see the values of our nation slip away into a moral degradation.

I want to address the subject of abortion, since it is also a very hot topic of morality in American politics. But there is a lot that I have to say on the subject. So I am going to save it for the next article. Until then, God bless!