This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers
of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away (2 Tim.3:1-5).
The civil war of words is growing stronger. The divisions
are becoming more clear and definitions of morality draw the lines that divide us.
"What is wrong with what I do?" the question is asserted with a rhetorical line
in the dirt. Should someone cross that line with a response that remotely seems accusing,
they will be chewed up and spit out.
The United States is a land of free speech, or so it is said. As long as your speech
agrees with liberal media and relativistic viewpoints, you're free to say anything you
want. But ridicule and character assassination are the rewards for those who stand to say
that something is wrong with our direction as a nation--that something is wrong with a
society that believes individuals should be able to do whatever they choose as long as it
does not hurt anyone else.
But what is wrong with this thinking is that it goes against the laws of community living.
Can any of us say that we are truly alone within a group? We have heard the old saying,
"No man is an island," yet our society would have us believe otherwise. When in
fact, every word and every action of an individual will to some degree effect those around
them. If the effect is remotely adverse, then questions should be raised.
"What's wrong with abortion?"
It is amazing how quickly logic can escape people who are motivated primarily by selfish
want. The abortion issue, after all, for so many is not an issue of wrong or right, but
more about what they as individuals should be free to do. But to continue, we are a
society with many intelligent and educated people. But because we struggle for freedom to
do as we choose, the lines of right and wrong are blurry at best. As a nation, we will
imprison a woman who kills her baby immediately upon giving birth, and we call that
murder. But the same woman could have the child aborted one month earlier and be looked at
as someone exercising her rights. Is something wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with homosexuality?
Once again, if we were to approach our question with sheer logic, we would find
inconsistencies in the thinking and arguments for homosexuality. The primary purpose of
sexual intercourse is first and foremost a biological function for procreation. There is
no chance that two males that get married will ever procreate as a couple. Is something
wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with cheating on your taxes? What's wrong with not telling the whole
truth? What's wrong with looking as long as you don't touch? What's wrong with
working hard to support a family you never spend any time with? What's wrong with wanting
to have a few nice things? What's wrong with this picture?
Abortion and homosexuality are two the issues that are drawing the lines in the dirt;
while so many other issues get overlooked. Perhaps it is because the other issues hit
closer to home for all of us. And we no more want to see anything wrong with the way we
live than do those who have abortions or who are actively involved in homosexual
I recently was watching TV and was saddened as I heard gay men defending their viewpoints.
They were so angry and determined and refused to believe that there was anything wrong
with how they had chose to live there lives. But then I watched with horror, anger and
sorrow as a man who claimed to be a Christian shouted at a group of gay people,
"God hates you! God hates you!"
Perhaps the man forgot that God loved him when he was a lost sinner--that God so loved him
that he sent His only begotten Son to die in his place--that God demonstrated His love
toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
There is certainly a lot wrong with the world today, but the sins of a lost world are not
something that should make us proudly stand by and say, "Thank you God that I am not
as they are." For all have sinned and have fallen far short of the glory of God and
the standard set forth in the incarnation of His only begotten.
Perhaps the next time we here someone saying there is nothing wrong with a lifestyle they
have chosen, we should examine our own. Do we say the same thing? Do we look into our
lives and say, "There's nothing wrong with. . ." this or that? Does our
lifestyle reflect the desires of our God or is it instead a picture entitled, "What I
want out of life?" If we fill our lives with what we want, and we settle for a
standard less than Christ-like, how much difference is there between us and the lost world
around us--if we are all in it for what we can get out of it?