We live in a society that condones and promotes sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, abortion and filthy and coarse language. Our society is plagued by murder, teen age pregnancies, gang violence, drug usage and many other ills. All of which I have just mentioned is flaunted flagrantly through music, television, movies, books, magazines and other media sources.
And if all of this is not enough, judgment and justice are compromised too. We are seeing criminals go free because of the corruption of our justice system.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there.
It takes a person of valor to stand against this tide of wickedness and moral depravity that is sweeping our land. Unless we are committed to moral excellence, we too shall be swept up in this tide of wickedness. We must be people with the strength of mind or spirit that enables us to encounter the culture in which we live with a firmness that results from a commitment to moral excellence. This is something we have all been called to do.
Our Call to Moral Excellence.
If we are to meet the challenge of becoming morally pure in a society that is morally bankrupt, we must understand and build into our lives the foundation for moral excellence. If we are to raise godly children, who will grow up to be mature adults, abounding in moral excellence this foundation must be firmly laid in their lives. The foundation that I am referring to is that of truth and righteousness.
Psalms 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
We must understand that we are in a battle for truth and righteousness. Satan is desiring to steal truth from the land, because when he does he has also stolen our virtues.
What Happens When this Truth is Denied?
Our society has basically rejected the truths of Judeo/Christianity and the morals and values that came as a result. What happens when these truths and values are denied?
Isaiah 59:14 Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
This shows us how much of a foundation truth is to our basic morals and values. We see this and we wonder why today's youth are growing up without values and morality? Is it their fault? We try to put the blame on them, but really the blame belongs to our generation for allowing the truth of God to be so compromised in our society.
Our whole societal system has begun to disintegrate into a cesspool of violence, blatant immorality and putrefaction. Our schools have disintegrated. Our justice system has become so corrupted that criminals go free and our political system has become so corrupted, we don't know what is right and what is wrong any more and our culture has become an abomination to God.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Spiritual Warfare And Today's Youth.
Early in 1994, Barna Research institute surveyed 3,795 kids (ages 11-18) and asked them 193 questions. More than 80 percent of those surveyed attended an evangelical church weekly, and 86% said they had made a commitment to trust Christ as their Savior and Lord. The survey showed that many of our kids are not adopting our value system at all
- 59% had lied to their peers in the last 3 months.
- 66% had lied to their parents or teacher during the past six months.
- 66% had cheated on exams in the last 3 months.
- 20% had intentionally tried to hurt someone.
- 25% had tried to emotionally hurt someone.
- 16% had watched a pornographic/erotic movie in past three months.
- 5% had attempted suicide. The nationwide average is 7%.
- 55% said they were confused about life.
- 50% said they were stressed out.
- 46% said they were always tired.
- 45% watch MTV at least once a week
- Many others are smoking, gambling and engaging in pre-marital sex
Statistics from Josh McDowell article in Focus of Family issue November 1994 and his tape series "Right and Wrong".