Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Chickens Come Home to Roost

Several months ago, I commented to a fellow church member one of the things that my generation, and seemingly every generation, is quick to forget: that all subsequent generations are, in large measure, a reflection of the previous ones. As the saying goes, nothing happens in a vacuum. If today's generation has grown up with a sense of entitlement and a very, very thin skin (think of “snowflakes” and their eternal aggrieved status!), it is due in large part to the fact that its ancestors promoted such thinking. 

That is a subtle, but definite point R. Emmet Tyrrell, Jr. makes in the article at this link. Until the coming of age of the Baby Boomer generation, the United States was characterized by what Albert Mohler calls "Cultural Protestantism." That is the idea that, although the majority of Americans were not necessarily true Christians, their ethics and conduct were very much in line with what protestant Christianity teaches. Society until then, was mostly tolerant of religious views and considered them good for its progress and wellbeing. 

That all changed with the "rock and roll culture" of the 1960's. The sexual revolution, the increase in drug use, the female liberation movement among others, thrust our nation into uncharted territory. Our society was little prepared to withstand the assault that the generation coming of age during that decade would submit it to. Institutions struggled to understand why the young had become seemingly unhinged and unmoored from its moral foundations. In the proverbial blink of an eye, we had gone from the "Greatest Generation" to the “Me” generation and all that came with it.

We can certainly debate why this radical change took place. The Great Depression and World War II certainly had their effects on the generation that came of age during those struggles. But the issue at hand for us is how much farther we can stray from our foundational values before our society suffers a complete collapse. Once the acorn falls from the tree and begins to roll, it will naturally keep rolling until it is stopped by a greater force. And when those who become untethered from morality in turn have children, it will not be surprising to see those children become even more divorced from what the nation once stood for.

Thus, we arrive at our present day. America is witnessing the increasing 'infantilization' of its society as parents abdicate their responsibilities as the moral guides for their children and instead seek to raise them as the most important creatures ever. Young parents are terrified that their children will be displeased by anything and go out of their way to ensure that the little creature understands that he is at the center of their universe, a fact that would very much displease Galileo. This could be seen in bold relief in an article I read recently where the mother speaks of her 7 year old son as a "girl." And why does she do that? Because when he was three, he expressed a desire to wear a tutu and act like a girl. According to this mother, in her home children are always told "yes" regardless of how ridiculous the child's request may be. Hence, we have a boy who believes himself to be a girl because his mother did not have the moral fortitude to tell him "No!"

Just where is all this going to lead? Romans 1 tells us what happens to a society when God gives it up to its sin. When you read the catalog of sins a society becomes known for once God abandons it, you'll be quick to recognize the sexual immorality that American life has become known for. The homosexual revolution is now devolving into a transgender one. Pedophilia is now beginning to be spoken of in some quarters as something that just may be respectable. And on and on it goes. What was once condemned is now celebrated; what was once celebrated is now condemned. 

Fortunately for those of us who call ourselves Reformed Christians, God is always in command. There are some who despair believing that God does not control the events of history. To them He is no more than a benevolent grandfather who wants to help, but is helpless in the face of so much evil. Or like someone recently wrote "evil just happens." No particular reason and no particular purpose. Thank the Lord that the Bible knows nothing of such a God. Isaiah records for us the words of the Almighty as He declares that "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things" (Isaiah 45:7). And in that, we can take complete comfort!

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