This past Thursday was, in my opinion, one of the great holidays that we celebrate as a nation- Thanksgiving Day! A number of reasons could be listed as to why this is a great holiday, depending on who does the listing. There are few holidays that command as much attention and respect as does this one. To a great extent, the busy pace of our society shifts down into low gear on Thanksgiving Day. Most businesses are closed, and most employees have the day off.
The Political Correctness (PC) Movement has been a huge factor in turning our culture upside down. There has always been, and always will be, a need to be thoughtful, tactful and kind in how we express ourselves as we communicate with others. Everyone has experienced emotional pain as a result of comments that were unduly critical, harsh, insulting, mean, hurtful and demeaning. Sometimes, they’re the result of carelessness. A person who speaks without giving proper consideration to how he should say what he is about to say. Often, however, hurtful comments are simply the product of a person who is mean-spirited, arrogant, uncaring and thoughtless.
As noted in earlier articles in this series, the home is the basic unit of any society. Homes produce the next generation of adults that will their place in society and shape its culture. When homes break down, that weakens their potential to strengthen the culture. The more homes that break down, the greater the detrimental impact. As goes its culture, so goes a nation. Homes in our nation are breaking down at an increasingly alarming rate, and our culture and nation are suffering terribly as a result. But it’s not just the culture of our nation that is being effected.
A third major contributing factor to the breakdown of the home in our culture is the growing tendency for men to not live up to their responsibilities related to being the head of the home. However politically incorrect it might be today, God instructs men to be the head of the home. “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Eph. 5:22-24). That does not mean that wives are inferior to men. Rather, God has simply given men and women different roles in the home.
The previous article in this series focused on the breakdown of the home in our nation. Specifically, it delved into the impact of couples living together outside of marriage and the consequent effect of weakening our homes and culture. As noted, the home is the basic unit of society, producing and training the next generation of adults who will shape our society and culture. Sadly, our homes are crumbling before our eyes. The basic unity of society is rapidly being turned upside down…
Our Lord extended what is often called The Great Invitation: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). Speaking of spiritual thirst He said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (Jn. 7:37-38). In reference to spiritual food He sated, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (Jn. 6:35).
The home is the basic unit of any society. Each person is an individual building block of his nation’s society and culture. Homes produce, rear, nurture and train the children who become the adults that take their places in society. The home, therefore, is the laboratory, the incubation chamber for the next generation of a nation. The culture of a nation will reflect the character of the homes that make it up. America’s homes are crumbling before our very eyes. Our homes are being turned upside down…
The purpose of this series of articles is to examine, from a scriptural perspective, issues that are turning our culture as a nation upside down! Thus far we have looked at three issues that have contributed to our moral decline as a society: open acceptance of homosexuality, legalized gay marriage, public support for the transgender lifestyle. As Christians, how should we respond to homosexuality?
Solomon penned God’s wisdom and warning: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34). The word “reproach” means “shame, disgrace.” Our culture has become increasingly characterized by all manner of ungodly wickedness. As a result our nation stands in shame and disgrace before God. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). This series of articles examines, from a scriptural perspective, a number of issues that have contributed to turning our culture upside down!
Solomon penned God’s wisdom and warning as follows: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34). The word “reproach” means “shame, disgrace.” When sinfulness and wickedness primarily identify the culture of a nation, that nation stands in shame and disgrace before God. The character of our culture has become increasingly characterized by all manner of ungodly wickedness. Our culture has been turned upside down! Our nation stands in shame and disgrace as a result.
Gary L. Hutchens