A litany of new scandals are emerging in our government today at a rate that has never before - at least in my memory - occurred. Blatant lies from our highest political leaders seem to be the norm, and are so common that they trigger very little outrage from the public. The popularity of some of our political leaders who have lied to us repeatedly in the past and today and yet are still very popular according to the polls.
The mainstream media seems oblivious to the evidence even when the lies are irrefutably documented.
So the overlying question is, what is happening in our society that makes lying/hypocrisy acceptable? So are we on some sort of a moral slippery slope that will eventually result in the collapse of our society? It happened to the Roman empire. It collapsed because of internal corruption, not from outside forces. The answer to this question is indeed very complex, and I do not purport to be able to answer it adequately.
Here are few suggestions why corruption reigns in Washington and elsewhere in our society. First of all we have rejected the sovereignty of God, His claim upon our lives, and have embraced evolutionary secular humanism, multiculturalism, and have elected to adopt moral standards that are clearly designated as sin by God. In Isaiah 5 we are told what the result will be when we allow this to happen. "Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good evil ..." Think for a minute of the immoral practices our society in general has accepted as normal: abortion on demand, same sex marriage, adultery, and of course lying (with impunity). These are only examples and certainly not a definitive list of corrupt and/or immoral practices rampant today.
Another reason for our demise as a moral society is that we support politically those that advocate immoral practices listed above. If we vote for politicians who are pro-choice, pro same sex marriage, anti-God (His rightful place in our educational and political processes), those that lie to us, and the list goes on, are we not tacitly advocating these practices? God's answer would be a resounding "yes," we are guilty, too.
Our churches, both mainline and evangelical, are guilty too of not fulfilling their God-given role of calling evil evil and being salt and light in society. Some of Jesus' strongest words of condemnation were directed against the hypocrisy of the religious elite on His day. Read Matthew 23 and you will be amazed at the vitriol of His condemnation of their hypocrisy. I heard a statement by Glen Beck today on talk radio that resonated with me. Addressing pastors, priests, rabbis, and other clergy that if they don't speak out about the societal and political corruption now they may not have a chance to speak out in the future. Wasn't that what happened in Nazi Germany? The clergy went to sleep and even supported Hitler's rise to power, and when they awoke they were silenced and Hitler was in control. God forbid that that should happen here. With the O.T. prophets as models, clergy, you must courageously stand up and be counted. You can make a difference.
So what can we do as private citizens? We can become proactive in the political process, get our hands dirty, so to speak, and truly endeavor to make a difference, i.e. be salt and light, in our society. "But I'm too busy with more important or otherwise more gratifying activities. I have family and church responsibilities, (these we shouldn't neglect), that takes all my free time. I simply don't feel strongly enough about the impact of the above to want to get involved." Remember we usually find time for the activities we consider important.
These are some of the reasons/excuses we offer as to why we don't want to be "salt and light" politically. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions (so the maxim goes). But is it not true also that the excuses we offer (God) as to why we neglect our good intentions are part of the problem? Think so.
Remember the famous words by Edmond Burke: "Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing." He went on to poise the question: "When good men do nothing does that make them any better than bad men who do something."
Paul Williams lives in Marietta.