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Hostility Towards Morality

morality1Christians must come to terms with the fact that our culture is growing increasingly more hostile to morality. For instance, a simple request for others to abstain from using obscene language in your presence, or even in the presence of your children, may result in a tirade declaring you to be prude, puritanical, hypocritical, naïve, unrealistic, immature, and a plethora of other accusations. The hostility may even be laced with obscenities, just to emphasize their displeasure with your stance.

You might think of this as mere fear mongering, a farce or a straw man, but I can promise you it is not. If you are in contact with those of the world in evangelistic efforts or otherwise (cf. 1 Cor. 5:9-10), you will see this for yourself. In the past 15 years, I have seen it occurring more and more.

Obscene language is one issue. Other issues are immodest apparel, nudity, sex and pornography (both soft-core and hard-core). It is a fact that those with desensitized consciences on these issues are now in a huge majority (cf. 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:1-5), and those with tender consciences are in an ever shrinking minority (cf. 1 Tim. 1:5; Acts 24:16). The fact that parents who dare to make such requests and even take other measures to avoid their children being exposed to such things have their parenting skills questioned is indicative of this hostility (cf. Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). This is even occurring within Christian families (consider Luke 12:51-53).

This hostility to morality is not new, it is simply making a resurgence. In our culture it was not as prevalent 50 years ago as it is today. With the advent of television and the internet, this trend is growing exponentially.

Are you prepared to walk by faith in a world that is rapidly growing hostile to not just morality, but all things deemed Christian (2 Tim. 3:12)? Are you prepared to stand (Eph. 6:13)?