By: Wes Moore

Porn is good for kids. At least that’s what I learned yesterday while watching the PG-rated The Spy Next Door with my children. The 10-year-old little boy was accused of making up stories about visiting the Playboy mansion. To his principal’s charge, he responded something like this, “Well, I did watch the Playboy channel in HD. It was almost like being there.”

Then last night on one of the summer television shows, a young man was talking to an older woman. Apparently he’d had a crush on her since he was a kid. She tells him she’s married, implying their relationship can’t go any further. To this he replies, “If you ever want to transgress, I’m here.”

Now I know Hollywood is completely lost—I’m not naive. But if you pay close attention you’ll see a growing portion of our culture doesn’t see anything wrong with either of these statements. Our nation is turning the whole world upside down, and the battles fought in the political realm are only the ever darkening symptoms of a deeper disorder.

Today we damn the Ten Commandments of Moses, and applaud the Five Pillars of Islam. We teach astrology to our fifth graders, but ban prayer. We ridicule faithful marriage, and idolize men sleeping with men. We devalue hard work and enterprise, and exalt the free ride.

And think of the fear that paralyzes us. Indeed, there is a healthy fear we must have to live in this world; there are people and organizations that should be watched at every turn and fought at all costs. But is our healthy fear turning into paranoia?

We fear asteroids that may destroy the planet. We fear business, and we fear government. We fear rogue states and economic downturns and whoever is on the other side of the aisle. There’s a boogeyman behind every corner. Who will it be next?

So, what’s the underlying cause of all of this? Why does the moral compass spin so wildly? Why do we have to fight for things we once all took for granted, and why are we so full of fear? Because our nation has lost its anchor. We’re like a boat once tied down to shore, but now floats aimlessly for open water. We’ve been set free to go wherever the raging waters see fit.

What is the anchor we have lost? The Bible.

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah said it like this, “Since they have rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9). And Jesus of Nazareth put it this way, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew…yet it did not fall” (Matthew 7:24-25).

We don’t know what’s right and wrong anymore because we have rejected the objective morality God has given us in his book. We fear and distrust not only because our fellow man has become more immoral and therefore more untrustworthy, but because we’ve lost the safety of trusting in God’s providence and protection, something many of our founders spoke about frequently.

 

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