Sexual immorality is clearly on the rise. As of this writing, same-sex marriage is legal in 17 countries around the world—with others giving recognition to such unions. In America it is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia—8 by court decision, 8 by state legislatures and 3 by popular vote.
Legalization has the effect of normalizing the practice and making it more and more acceptable—along with homosexuality in general (see “Government and the Gay Agenda”). Same-sex couples are also increasingly being allowed to adopt children, further corrupting the younger generation by making homosexuality seem normal.
Yet we should not only consider such sensational matters that garner attention in national debates. Rampant adultery and widespread divorce don’t receive much notice. Nor does pornography, premarital sex and cohabitation or, as it used to be called, “living in sin.” So many movies and TV shows depict unmarried couples sleeping or living together that we rarely give it a second thought. That’s just the way it is now, so there is rarely the kind of outrage such behavior should provoke.
The truth is that we have been inundated and overwhelmed—and usually we don’t even think about it. The slide in this direction has been happening for a long time, but it has greatly sped up in recent years.
Lying and stealing are often the business of political and government leaders these days—as we hear repeated denial of wrongdoing and see our hard-earned money taken or diminished in value to increase the wealth of others. Indeed, lying and stealing have become the business of many businesses—and of the average person. It may bother us on discovering that we are the victim, but it’s often an expectation now. And worse, so many of us persist in the same behavior.
Violence is on the rise. Many blame the existence of guns. But the problem is not with the weapons—it’s with those wielding them. It’s with society as a whole, which has lost its moral underpinnings. Priorities are upside down—and almighty government leads the way.
Here’s a relevant story: “Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as ‘homicide-willful kill-public official-gun’ …
“ ‘This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,’ said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican” (Stephen Dinan, “Feds Release Hundreds of Immigrant Murderers, Drunk Drivers, Sex-Crime Convicts,” The Washington Times, May 12, 2014, emphasis added).
When we read something like this, it may seem that something is wrong with people’s minds—that they are irrational. And indeed they are! In fact, we all are to some degree—and it’s a problem that ultimately needs to be dealt with on the inside.