Morality in North America ... On Life Support?
By James L. Lambert
(AgapePress) - Morality in North America is in crisis. It has become very clear that many North Americans have little concern for morality in their own personal lives and in the personal lives of those in the public eye. The evidence supporting this is overwhelming.
For months we have heard of increasing abuses within the business community -- betrayals from corporate executives that have seriously affected their employees, stockholders, and the public confidence at large. Many of these high-profile cases have resulted in indictments, convictions, and even prison time for the perpetrators.
In sports, we continue to hear of disregard for contractual agreements, disrespect of time-honored rules, and indulgences in the drug culture. Players won't abide by contracts they have signed, and owners fleece cities with threats of leaving unless their cities build them a new sports facility.
Within the church, we hear about sexual abuse of children and, with few exceptions, complete failure to stand up for biblical standards and mores.
The list goes on. The entertainment industry continues pump out filth that incrementally "pushes the envelope" a little further. "Reality TV" has introduced many new shows that reinforce a message that young girls can only be successful if they give themselves sexually to win their date. We have been desensitized by Hollywood to believe that homosexuality should be fully accepted, witchcraft is fun, and people of faith are stupid and uneducated.
The Internet is a wonderful tool of communication. Unfortunately most people do not understand its dangers, especially for children. The Internet can be a cesspool of material if you happen upon the innumerable filthy websites that often try to induce viewers with many annoying pop-up messages. There are literally thousands of websites that promote incest, bestiality, urination, questionable drug distribution, sexual slavery, pedophilia, merchandising of baby body parts, suicide and political anarchy. [As an aside, I seriously question a parent's concern for their child if they do not have an Internet filter on their computer.]
The political arena has been a particularly noticeable area where moral guidance is very much needed. Political corruption has always been a problem in government, particularly in Mexico. However, never has it reached so many levels where politicians cannot relate to the time-honored responsibility that they are supposed to behave as "public servants." Bureaucrats and elected officials cannot understand that tax revenue is not their money, but ours -- the taxpayers.
Elected officials also need to study history. History shows that a society is only as strong as its family structure. By sanctioning sodomy (as the U.S. Supreme Court has just done) and by allowing and introducing homosexual marriage (as Canada has done and Massachusetts is preparing to do) or "civil unions" (as Vermont has done and California is considering), our leaders are undermining the very moral fabric of our society. What's next? Polygamy? Lowering the age of consent? Legalization of incest?
There are other serious lapses of morality in North America. Illegal narcotics is related to over 60% of crime in America. That represents not only a lot of hardship and despair, but also renders a tremendous financial cost (in billions of dollars) in personal property, law enforcement, and loss of life. Yet many in our society have completely given themselves over to drugs and the drug culture. In Canada recently, politicians basically decriminalized marijuana on the personal level, giving drug cartels there the green light to increase exporting their goods to the U.S.
Further, many elected public administrators in America still fail to make their schools "drug free zones." Whatever happened to the high school sting operations that we used to hear so much about ten years ago? Those actions sent the message to on-campus drug dealers that drugs are not tolerated in our public schools.
America, Canada, and Mexico have lost their moral compass. More than ever, North America is need of a spiritual awakening. America itself has experienced at least three great moves of God during its history. We saw one in the 1820s and the early 1830s. Then we saw another around 1907. The most recent, the "Jesus People" movement, occurred in the early 1970s.
In order to bring morality back to North America, Christians need to earnestly pray for spiritual renewal in their lands. We are in desperate need of moral clarity, which only God can bring.
James L. Lambert, who resides in San Diego, California, is a frequent contributor to AgapePress. He is the host of Night Lights, a weekly conservative talk cable television show in San Diego; the author of Porn in America (Huntington House); and a real estate loan sales agent. He can be reached via his website: JamesLLambert.com.