WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF OUR MORAL DECAY?
By Earl Sutton
The problem of moral decay in our world is apparent to almost everyone! Young people speak out to condemn the prejudices, materialism and hypocrisy of the older generation. The older generation strikes back by calling attention to drug abuse, promiscuity and laziness of the younger generation. The government has supported the removal of the Bible and prayer from the classrooms and now has convened a summit to try to understand why young people embrace immoral behavior. This is a case of being a day late and a dollar short!
What is the cause of our modern moral decay? What has unleashed this fury of immorality and brought about a situation where plays, movies, music, TV programs, and novels actually glorify unprincipled living and make it appear glamorous and acceptable!
The Bible explains the cause behind what we are witnessing today in moral decay! “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful” but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (Rom. 1:21-22). Men have turned away from God! They have refused to acknowledge Him, His authority, His word!
When men turn away from God, their reasoning power that is used to rationalize their actions and thinking becomes senseless and void of direction! Man establishes his standards then by his own opinions and not according to the Laws of God. Man then rationalizes that he is wise, but in reality becomes a fool!
Men have turned to wickedness, murder, lying, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, unabashed vices, and unspeakable moral decadence, because they have refused to have God in their knowledge. They have turned from Him and rejected His truth!
Our country and government was founded at a time in history when men generally believed in the existence of a personal God and acknowledged the Bible as His word. Thus it was that the civil statutes written into our law books and practiced in schools reflected Biblical standards. Now our society no longer shares these basic concepts of belief in God and the Bible, and such laws as marriage between one man and one woman for life (Gen. 2:23-24) are regarded as archaic infringements on personal liberties. Now the Supreme Court has acted in a way that shows it will probably redefine the institution of marriage in favor of homosexuality which the Bible condemns! (Lev. 20:13, Rom. 1:24-32) The rug of Bible truth has been pulled from under our society, and the results are moral decay!
The Bible says, “And even as they refuse to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind (Greek – “Adoki mon” -- debased) to do those things which are not fitting.” (Rom. 1:28) The things not fitting included homosexuality plus a list of other sins described in Romans 1:29-31. These sins tear at the world and destroy human life; therefore, the judgment of God is assured and those who commit such things will be held accountable in the final judgment! (Rom. 1:32, Heb. 9:27)
~ Earl Sutton