Any man, no matter his politics or religion, can recognize that we are a different nation today than we were 50 years ago. Take a look at our cultural artifacts from those long ago days and compare them to those of today. One is either shocked to admit how we were or shocked to admit how we are. Some of the changes are trivial. Some are not.
In the moral realm we see that 50 years ago there were subjects one did not discuss among decent society. They were considered so base that no rational man would engage in them, and men who did were viewed as degenerate souls in need of redemption or incarceration. Now such things are paraded around like badges of honor. Men who practice such things are held in esteem by the avatars of culture and politics. Vast sums of tax monies have gone into creating special sanctuaries for these men so that they may indulge in their habits with no fear of retribution and they may with confidence recruit others into their practices.
A man living today with his moral sense firmly attuned to that of America 50 years ago will naturally ask what has happened. Why what was seen then as evil now seen today as good? Why has the America of the past seen now as an empire of repression, scarcely concealed hatreds and myriad phobias? To such a man the world must seem turned upside down. He does not recognize what he sees in the streets, in the classrooms, in the world of entertainment.
Of course, there are many who see the changes in our land as simple progress, as moving from the dark into the light. These folks view themselves as truly modern, as truly free, as truly uninhibited. They look upon their fellow citizens who possess those ancient moral views as dangerous Neanderthals and hate-filled bigots. They find it necessary to enlist the entire apparatus of the State to stop those extremists from injecting their hatreds back into the nation.
So why the moral inversion from 50 years ago? Why has black become white? Or as others would have it, white has become black? Here are some clues from The Deceiver: Our Daily Struggle with Satan. The author as well has noticed the changing moral climate. He is not pleased.
It is a terrible sign of corruption, because it means that our generation is no longer ashamed of evil, but flaunts and exalts it. Now it has reached the final stage of depravation, when sin comes out of the darkness of shame in which the light was confining it, to exhibit to the world its arrogant and wicked face. Today evil openly challenges God, almost to the point of provoking His justice.
When humanity touches those abysses of iniquity, it will mean that the end times have arrived, in which will be revealed ”the man of sin” and “the son of perdition”, as Saint Paul called the antichrist.
Think what you will of the author’s conclusions. But no one can deny that what was once considered evil, now in these times is acted out in public without shame, in a flaunting arrogance that admits to no limits whatsoever. Visit any “Gay Pride” parade and you will see exactly that. Witness the power of the State as it arrogantly forces all parts of the nation to admit into their lands abortion mills wherein children are ground to paste. Notice as well that all subjects of this State are coerced into paying for this privilege, their own thoughts on the subject being of no account whatsoever. Truly this is a regime that boldly parades its power before God and man, fearing no possible retribution at all.
I once heard a story about an older Baptist pastor who had attended a conference in—of all places—San Francisco. As part of the package deal the pastor had received from the hotel he stayed at was a carriage tour of the city. After taking the tour, someone asked him, “Pastor, what do you think of San Francisco?” He replied with no hesitation, “If God does not destroy this city, then He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”
As Jefferson said about another evil, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
We had best get our lives and our moral houses in order—just in case. At any rate, this is a good idea no matter the times in which we live.
Update: New Wineskins has his own conclusions. Things do indeed seem to be arriving toward something. Some of us will be joyful on that day. Some of us won’t.
Update: Naturally these new times in which we live demands a new god. A god who will straddle the world like a colossus. A god who is not restrained by the bigotry and phobias of our past. A god who will be worshipped even before the old God has died.
Our times have cried out for just such a being, and he has finally come unto to us. He is the messiah of this present darkness.