“And gradually, though no one remembers exactly how it happens, the unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.” – Joni Eareckson Tada
With the recent vote in New York state allowing a baby to be aborted on the very day it’s due, not to mention the continued expansion of unimaginable behaviors in this country, we no longer have any reason to ignore or deny society’s sorry trajectory. Although far more an optimist than pessimist, I find myself spending inordinate amounts of time warning anyone who will listen about the plight of the country. Given the desire to be kinder in my approach, warnings usually come in the form of bringing attention to those who are the antidote to such unabated indecency. Writing about the high school drama team last week is a perfect example of what I mean. Those kids, and others like them, are indispensable when it comes to society having any chance of salvation.
God tells us of days like these. On more than one occasion, God describes a time when right will be viewed as wrong and wrong as right. Follow the news in any 24-hour cycle and you’ll realize we are there. When otherwise educated, ordinary adults decide it’s okay to kill a baby on the day it leaves the womb, the country is lost. When the elasticity of what was once a decent society goes from being frayed to snapped altogether, finding justification for such evil is the result. That politicians would then cheer their sick accomplishment shows just how deranged parts of America have become.
It’s right to suggest that we shouldn’t be surprised given how hard society has fought to evict God. What should society expect, after all, when it rejects the very creator and source of its existence, its decency, its hope? It’s crazy to believe evil behaviors like those in New York will temper in this country – a country governed by some men and women offended by what’s good while driven by what’s not. Abortion on the day of delivery ranks as one of the worst national transgressions of my lifetime yet, sadly, I’m certain more are on the way.
We can’t sit by as the free-for-all envelopes more communities and society continues circling the drain. We can’t allow police officers to be labeled as criminals while actual criminals are set free. Teachers can’t be underpaid or under-valued in this country while rogue musicians, self-centered athletes and over-paid, over-valued charlatans in Hollywood gain more influence. Christianity, a religion of hope, compassion and salvation, should never be rejected while religions of intolerance, hate and death take hold. Christianity isn’t offensive. What’s being done to it is. Politics and politicians can’t continue controlling the national narrative while plunging the country into oblivion. Veterans can’t be neglected while vote-desperate elected officials race to spend billions on illegal immigrants. And, above all, we must fight more diligently than ever to inject God back into society, no matter the cost.
America, in many respects has become the wild, wild west. Lawlessness has become acceptable and moral depravity often indistinguishable. We can do better. Truth is, we must do better not by what we say or how often we’re seen but by how well we live. It’s time to recognize the exponential fall New York’s decision reveals and that Texas, Ellis County and Waxahachie can never follow suit.
God is counting on us.