By Pastor Jerry Maston
To say the world is changing faster today than ever before would certainly sound like an understatement. In view of a Christian perspective, or any perspective, this is definitely true. One reason for noticing the changes is because too many changes are not good changes. One verse of scripture asks; “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”, Psalms 11:3.
The foundations of our nation were derived and based on the aspects of Biblical values. For sure, there has always been opposition to these foundational values from the beginning, but today the opposition appears to have swelled. The enlarged and expeditious swelling is in contrast with a majority of people who embrace ‘silent’ convictions. Afraid to stand up or to speak up, the ones with values give the impression they are afraid to stand out.
So, what in the world is going on today? Many believe the end of the age is at hand. Others accept the idea that life as we know it will never be the same. Most may believe that change will never cease, and change will continue with the greatest uncertainty and insecurity.
Encouragingly enough, we should apprehend the concept that change does not normally occur by accident, but predominantly changes emerge purposefully. Let’s look at some historical dates regarding changes in the past one-hundred years. You will see what began slowly continued purposefully until today, today when change is now transpiring rapidly.
Listed below is a ‘Chronology of Social/Cultural and Spiritual Erosion’.
1916 – PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.
1954 – The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
1960-1980 The sexual revolution, also known as a time of sexual liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the United States and subsequently, the wider world, from the 1960s to the 1980s.
1963 – In two landmark decisions – Engel v. Vitale on June 25, 1962, and Abington School District v. Schempp on June 17, 1963 – the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional.
1973 – Before the Supreme Court of the United States decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decriminalized abortion nationwide in 1973, abortion was already legal in several states, but the decision imposed a uniform framework for state legislation on the subject.
1983 – Supreme Court struck down state and local restrictions on abortion.
1993 – President Bill Clinton signed the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law
For a century, the erosion of our moral fabric came relatively slow. As a result of ‘Silent Speakers’, the ones who complain but never make an outcry publicly, erosion was at hand.
Entering the 21st century Social/Cultural and Spiritual Erosion began its increasing pace in our land. 9/11 captures the attention of the world and inaugurated changes in our attitudes which we never expected. Fighting an enemy webbed within many nations is certainly a new and vicious experience.
Other atrocities unexpectedly developed, such as Chrysler automobile company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. General Motors automobile company gets in the game and also files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, only to receive a government bailout, at taxpayer’s expense, of course.
The World Health Organization wants its share of recognition and ramps up its ability to influence culture as it declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic. Within a year the World Health Org. rejects claims it overstated the severity of the swine flu pandemic, but they’re not fooling anyone.
Morals are more quickly decaying as the Girl Scouts admit their first transgender girl. On November 6, 2012, Maine, Maryland, and Washington became the first states to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. Then under the direction of the Boy Scouts of America, CEO Rex Tillerson allows gay leaders into the arena. Later, the US Supreme Court sanctions same-sex marriage. Then, the Kentucky clerk in Rowan County is jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
President Obama introduces us to a great recession while his princess, Hillary Clinton, mishandles the Benghazi attack.
I would be surprised if this surprises you. In 2014, the Chinese government suspends the operations of a Shanghai meat dealer and makes arrests after the company sold out-of-date meat to fast-food chains, including McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Reports are that three million people die each year of air pollution, more than malaria and HIV/Aids combined published in “Nature” journal. What about the WHO again? The World Health Organization ranks Tuberculosis alongside HIV as the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, killing 1.2 million (2014).
Fake news runs rampant throughout the election cycle. The email leaks exposed damaging and embarrassing information on the Democrats, creating a major headache for the Clinton campaign. Donald Trump becomes 45th US President, thank God.
There is no way I can mention every issue that is confronting and eroding our society. Obama imposed his Transgender Bathroom Bill on America. The Russian investigation began to reveal corruption in the CIA, the FBI, and the DOJ. FBI Director James Comey is fired. NFL players began kneeling during the National Anthem. Twenty-six people were killed in a church setting in Sutherland Springs Church in Texas. More Fake News. California becomes the largest US state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. F.B.I deputy director Andrew G. McCabe is removed from office. Michigan State University pays $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar; the largest sexual abuse case in sports history. US Justice Department concludes James Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of Hillary Clinton investigation in 2016. The impeachment hoax was a charade and a travesty as well. Jeffery Epstein was murdered in his jail cell before he could be a witness against those who enjoyed sex with children on his private island. Hunter Biden’s escapade in Ukraine seems to be swept under the rug.
You can add names to the list. It’s the same song, just another verse.
The Coronavirus brings out other issues as terrible as Governors, Mayors, and County Judges becoming tyrants over the very same people who set them into office. Bizarre! Turning neighbor against neighbor, restricting families from being together, minimizing the value of and restricting church attendance, how much worse can it become? People are acting as though everyone is contaminated.
Supplanting faith and confidence with doubts and fears while restricting cures for the virus and treatments for the masses with other ailments is sinful.
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
We will rise and shine, as we re-establish the convictions and virtues that made this nation great, so we will make it great again.
Submitted by Jerry Maston, Eastland, TX. Jerry is a devoted husband, father, and Pastor who works tirelessly and enthusiastically trying to enlighten the people of this nation regarding their constitutional freedom of religion, freedom of speech and their obligation to make a difference in the world where they live. Jerry is CEO of Christian Values Coalition/Christian Values Summits. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-631-9438.