30 Oct What has Happened to the Country I Love?
Without trying to openly express an opinion on the upcoming United States Presidential Election I will admit that I was disgusted by the ad comparing the loss of virginity to voting for our President, Barak Obama. Have we become so calloused to what is morally unacceptable that we as adult citizens would not demand such public display of sexual innuendo to be taken off the airwaves? I know that we see much worse in the movies and television sit coms, but this ad was made to target the young. It sanctions and even encourages their thinking toward passing from girl to woman with the loss of virginity. All of that, while it cheapens the voting process and the man running for the highest and most honored position in the nation many of us hold dear.
Peggy Noonan, author and columnist for the Wall Street Journal recently wrote,
“About 15 years ago, a TV interviewer noted my concern at the damage I thought was being done by the highly violent, highly sexualized nature of our culture, of our movies and TV and music. It will make us more brutish, I’d argued, and some will imitate what they see.”
“The interviewer was good-humored but skeptical: ‘Hollywood makes a lot of comedies. Why don’t we see the country breaking out in laughter?’”
“Violence is different,” I said,” because there are unstable people among us, and they are less defended against dark cultural messages. The borders of the minds of the unstable are more porous. They let the darkness in. You can go to a horror movie and be entertained or amused: “This is scary, I love getting scared, and I love it because I know it isn’t real.” But the unstable are not entertained by darkness. They let it in. They are inspired by it. Sometimes they start to live in the movie in their heads.…as did the Aurora theatre shooter, when he said, “I am the Joker” and then began his massacre.”
I completely agree with Ms. Noonan’s assessment. And I believe that pushing sex has just as much power over the immature, the vulnerably lonely, and the curious.
Noonan wrote, “Everyone knows our culture is poisonous, and nobody expects that to change.” Unfortunately I think she may be right there too, but for the love of my country, our culture, and my family I’m going to do my best to dilute the poison.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary stated, “The spiritual immune system of an entire civilization has been wounded.” He is talking about the United States of America…a country founded by God-fearing men and women whose belief in God drove them to a new and brutal land where many would die in the cause they held dear.
How far we have spiraled downward…and I am reminded again of why great nations fall. Two of the reasons:
1. They lose their religious convictions and defy basic morality.
2. They become obsessed with sex.
We may recognize the beginnings of the end when our President himself defies basic morality and allows a campaign ad to obsess over sex.