In the January 24, 1994 edition of Newsweek, the late political commentator, Rush Limbaugh, made the following observation:
“Americans seem to require more and more violence, more…degradation and rot to capture their attention. Just look at the so-called ‘talk shows’ of daytime television – the museum of modern American societal decay. We have mothers who sleep with their daughters’ boyfriends, cross-dressing fathers, rape victims who later date their rapists. These are the people held up as your neighbors, your fellow citizens – revealing, it is claimed, ‘the dark side of life’ lurking everywhere. We are bored with the normal. … It seems we are bored with the good and the decent.”
More than twenty-five years later, Limbaugh’s words still ring true. Hollywood and the media have continued their constant barrage of propaganda on the silver screen and on television sets throughout the country. As a result of their efforts, concepts that were once unthinkable and shameful are now regarded as normal, or, at the very least, acceptable.
Paul hit the nail on the head when he warned Timothy, “…in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
In such a pervasively corrupt world, it’s not impossible for Christians to become desensitized toward sin. If we allow our hearts and minds to be shaped by the voices in society rather than by the voice of the Lord, we will be open to all kinds of repulsive and ungodly lifestyles.
As followers of Christ, are we contributing to the degradation of America, or are we the beacons of light that provide hope for a society that is tossed by the waves?