John Flanagan: As I am two months away from my 69th birthday, and heading towards 70, God willing, I can fully agree with those who correctly assert that America is in moral decline. Although there was probably as much bad behavior and fooling around in the early days of my life, during the fifties, and quickly accelerating into the 1960's and 1970's, the difference between now and the days of my youth is the general affirmation and acceptance of immorality. In the past, it seemed to me that immoral language, promiscuity, lack of ethics, were happening all around us, but people still knew and recognized right from wrong. Today, the moral climate is far more accepting of immoral conduct, crass vulgar language, unethical values, and narcissists have emerged in large numbers, being encouraged and promoted by reality shows, shallow celebrity worship, and an omnipresent social media feeding on vanity. To further turn the tables, many comedians and even common folk assault the Christian moral values and convictions held by people of faith in our country. Sadly, there are others in our culture who want to do all they can to stifle free speech and viewpoint expression which opposes the secular values anathema to Christian principles. Holding views which are pro-life, favor traditional marriage, and oppose loose morality are seen as forms of bigotry by many today. I almost feel I am in the minority in adhering to these beliefs, yet I am also emboldened. My faith is no longer lethargic, but strangely increased more and more in light of the adverse social shifts in our culture. I can not sentimentalize the past, but can resolve to hold on to what I believe is right,and I intend to do so for however more time The Lord allows me to remain. America is in moral decline indeed, and we should choose to refuse to join the chorus.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 9:15 am
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