Recently I’ve heard individuals share their grave concern for the moral slippery slope on which we as a country and culture are sliding. All of us are daily confronted with indicators that the “frog in the kettle” is reaching the boiling point. Gradually the unthinkable becomes tolerable, then acceptable, then legal, and then praised.
Another way of saying this is the once shockable has become the new norm, and through a desensitized process it’s not only accepted but celebrated as an acceptable world view. An obvious case in point is the repulsive and reprehensible response by the Governor of New York to the news that the legislators had passed a new piece of legislation to permit babies to be aborted and thrown away like trash at the time of birth. Governor Cuomo joined the legislators who had cast the prevailing votes with a loud cheer of celebration.
How does a great nation like the United States descend into the moral gutter? There is no one simple answer, but rust and erosion both occur quietly and slowly, and over time the impact of deterioration is revealed.
What must not happen is for the Christian Church, who Jesus called the salt of the earth and the light of the world, to become hopeless, cynical, and negative. Nothing good ever comes from someone(s) who waves a flag of surrender and caves into the culture. This is the time to stand for right even when it’s called wrong. This is our moment to recommit to the battle and lend our sword in the fight against all that is evil and wrong. The immortal words of Edmund Burke ring just as true, if not more so, today than when they were penned in the 18th century. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Every day I see good people bucking the proverbial system and standing for truth. They are to not only be commended but should be joined in the fight by others. Racism, elitism, and a ton of other words that end in -ism must be addressed regardless of the price and the consequences that follow.
Our nation was birthed by individuals who stood up at all costs to the English throne because their passion for freedom was greater than their fear of man. My prayer is that a bastion of people with principle will stand up, speak out, and awaken the conscience of the sleeping giant that reclines on a bed of comfortable complacency. The Church should lead the way. Will we take up that charge?
I will close with an admission that I am definitely not a connoisseur of editable delicacies, but I understand that frog legs are among the most exquisite and highly valued hors d’oeuvres. I think I’ll just take someone’s word for it and stick with chicken tenders. One thing I would do in order to save the “cultural frog” that is boiling alive is to shut off the white hot heat of uncivil discourse and allow the frog to jump out of that boiling kettle. Why? So it can fulfill its highest purpose, which is to make those croaking noises to the glory of God.