Are Americans Getting Comfortable With Immorality?

Interesting article by the Christian Post on the state of America’s morality. Here’s a sample from the article:

“You would never know by watching American television that 61 percent of Americans say religion is very important in their lives.”

For Philbin, one message in particular that the media is continuously throwing at Americans is that of affirming homosexuality and gay marriage.

A poll released by Gallup last week found that for the first time since 1996, more than half of Americans say marriage for gays and lesbians should be legal.

Philbin clarifies the data as the result of Americans being brow-beaten through various forms of media and being constantly sent a message that says “you’re wrong, now change your view.”

“I think frankly Americans are just tired of getting beat up over their resistance to it,” he explained. “I think that at a certain point cultural fatigue sets in and you get tired of being told that you’re backward, being told you’re puritan troglodyte (a caveman) and a homophobe who hates people. So you shrug and say, ‘yea, I’m for it’ and go about your business.”

Civilization, he lamented, is headed in a direction that devalues the family unit.

“If a family is just a group of people cohabitating or pooling resources, and ceases to be the very basis and building block of society, I think you’re in a sort of moral quicksand where things lose meaning,” Philbin cautioned.

Read the entire article here.

3 thoughts on “Are Americans Getting Comfortable With Immorality?

  1. Nothing too surprising here; what would be interesting would be an examination of the spiritual health of the top 10 largest churches in America using the Biblical literacy and orthodoxy of their leadership and membership and the fruit of their ministries as the benchmark.

    As an aside, I’ve long been troubled by the claim that America is a “Christian nation”. Not to deny the reality of the nation’s founding upon Judeo-Christian principles, or to cast aspersions on the faith of the early founders and colonists, but there is simply no Biblical reason to think that any nation can be rightly thought of as “Christian”.

    Individuals are Christian, not states. Not human governments.

    I also recognize this description is typically meant to be general rather than specific, but when I refer to America’s religious history and heritage I tend to say that it is a “Christianized nation”, meaning many of its cultural institutions have been heavily influenced by Christianity, in distinction to calling it a “Christian nation”.

    This might seem to be a subtle, or even petty distinction for some people, but I think it holds merit, especially considering that I would personally describe many of the largest churches in America as “Christianized” instead of “Christian” based upon the obvious lack of Biblical literacy and orthodoxy of their leadership and members, and the fruit of their ministries.

    In Christ,
    CD

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  2. Coram Deo, you make an excellent point:

    “what would be interesting would be an examination of the spiritual health of the top 10 largest churches in America using the Biblical literacy and orthodoxy of their leadership and membership and the fruit of their ministries as the benchmark.”

    Just my 2 cents here, but it seems that a whole lot of churches have a canned doctrinal statement that includes all the required “essential” elements. They make much of their benevolent ministries, and support of their missionaries. And they are “specific” in the biblical literacy. That is, they have the Scriptures down pat that are tailored to support their “mission statement”. And what it comes down to is how they have designed, packaged and marketed themselves to their constituency, to appear “orthodox”, “alive” and “fruitful”. And, hey, if it’s working (i.e.: the people are happy, they are numerically growing, and the money keeps flowing in), they must be doing it right, and must be “blessed by God”.

    As I look at Ephesus, if it hadn’t been for them losing their first love, they looked pretty good on paper. Yet not acceptable to the Lord. Or Sardis, who had a reputation for being alive, but was in reality dead.

    All this to say, based upon what the Lord has revealed His standard of His church to be, I’m not optimistic how the 10 top churches in America would fare in a real examination.

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