In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6 (NLT)
We are big on opinion polls in this country to determine what’s right or wrong. Essentially it is an antiquated notion that there even is such a thing as an absolute right or wrong in moral issues; everything is relative depending on what the majority polled thinks.
The Gallup organization recently published a new poll representing the U.S. population’s moral acceptability changes (of selected behaviors) over the last 15 years
I have not crunched the numbers like Gallup or Barna, but the results are definitely a shift to the left, morally-speaking, and, I believe those number changes parallel the exodus from mainline churches. In short, the knee-jerk pull out from church is either precipitated by or precipitates a lowering of moral expectations and/or attitude. Translation: If you don’t go to church you can do what you want.
An interesting side-view on this chart is how death-related issues (Doctor-assisted suicide, Suicide, Death of human embryos to further medical research) have become decidedly morally acceptable, while approval of death administered to criminals in capital cases has eroded. It’s strange, isn’t it, how we can take a high moral ground on the one, and cheapen the other…it all depends on who is making the choices.
And by the way….we seem to think more of animals’ lives than our human family; the morally-acceptable majority dropped from 65% to 56% for medical testing using animals, while most other human death issues have become optional!
The apostle Paul warned his protégé Timothy that such a time as we live-in would come:
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NLT)
I do not have space in this brief devotion to address all of Gallup’s findings, but our culture in Western civilization is travelling (as our forebears used to say) on the road to Hell in a handbasket.
The opposite sides of the handles on that handbasket are occupied by the left and right political factions (religious and governmental) of our day, and we have little to blame but ourselves for the barn door of morality that is swinging wide open.
It may be too late to close it.
Say a prayer for America; we used to lead from a moral baseline that held life in high regard.
We’re still fond of singing God Bless America at our ball games and other public functions…but it’s hard to believe God isn’t laughing.