There seems to be many today that are concerned with the health of our environment. It should go without saying that a certain amount of this anxiety is warranted. But while many are fretting over the state of our planet, there seems to be an alarming lack of concern for another entire segment of our society.
Genuine racism inflicts damage upon mankind and divides rather than unites. Class warfare is also contentious and degrading, as well as other forms of discrimination. Yet with all these concerns as well as many others, there is another that causes me even greater concern. In recent years, our culture has fallen into a state of moral decay that I never thought I would live to witness. A simple walk through the parking lot at a shopping center can expose both you and your children to the most vile language imaginable. There is even a legitimate concern for allowing our children to use public restrooms in certain stores.
I was recently counseling with a client and his baby’s mother. For some reason they had chosen to live together and have a child, all while becoming addicted to various drugs. Marriage? Of course not! I mean, why bother? The counseling session was at the young man’s request. He had been recently saved and wanted to meet with his child’s mother to determine if there was any hope for them. Although she agreed to come to the session, she was very clear that she wanted nothing to do with “his religion.” She said that she enjoyed her lifestyle and friends and he could either join her or make other plans.
I only mention this since this young woman is typical of the level of dysfunctional behavior that has become so prevalent today. So where is our hope for this maladjusted generation? I am convinced that the only hope lies in the same choice that this young man had made. He had discovered the One who can seek out and save even the worst of us. He was hoping to create a safe and wholesome environment for his child. Unfortunately, that was not possible as long as this mother had primary care of his son. She was willing to relinquish her child in exchange for what she called “her freedom to live the life she loved.”
Choosing to live in a toxic environment insures a deterioration of our health and well-being. Christ did not create us to live in that kind of filth. We must begin to raise the bar toward what is reasonable and acceptable to Him, leaving behind lifestyles that are destroying us.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
Determine to engage wherever you can to restore decency and Godliness to our country for the sake of the generations to come. Our children and grandchildren deserve to live in a world free of this kind of toxic waste.