By this time almost everyone in America (maybe in the world) has seen the embarrassing, "mild" porn, performance of Miley Cyrus. No, I didn't watch the original performance, but our local news program has shown it repeatedly.
I was saddened by the comment of one of the news reporters regarding this performance yesterday. He said something like this, "The thing is that in 10 years, we'll look back and think how mild her performance was and how silly we were to be upset about it." The thing is, I think for far too many people he is right.
If you think about where we are today as a nation morally, compared to where we were 50 years ago, we have, it seems, openly embraced sin.
Remember when the movie "Gone with the Wind" came out and the tremendous uproar that took place because of the phrase, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a d--m". Now, we have become desensitized to the point that even on the daily television programming, profanity and the use of God's name in vain, has become common.
There are some programs which in the past have been fairly good programs, which not are sprinkled with expletives and have become accepted by the viewing public. (We stopped watching those.) They sprinkle in a few nude scenes, a few flashes of skin, vulgar actions or activities and call it "just being true to life." (We stopped watching those.) Whose life? Not mine, not our family, not our friends! I miss the TV and movie censor of times past!
Yes, we have been desensitized to sin in our nation. Satan has been working his plan for a long time and plans on destroying us from the inside. Our president said, "We are no longer a Christian nation." I don't agree with his reasons for saying this, but I will agree that our form of Christianity has become so weak that we refuse to stand for the principles demanded of us by God.
Where are we headed, how far will we go in the acceptance the sin that trickles into our lives a drop at a time, many times from our so called "entertainment"? How long will God put up with it; how long will he allow us to continue? I don't know, but I do see the examples from the past.
In Genesis 6:5-7 we read of God's dealing with a nation, not dissimilar from ours. They, too, had become desensitized to sin. Notice what happened: "The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, 'I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing, all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.'" (NLT)
Of course we are familiar with the outcome, when God brought punishment in the form of a world-wide flood. Could it happen again? No, not the flood, but God has promised there is a time coming when all people will have to answer for their actions. Maybe it's time we raise an outcry against sin, protest to the television and movie producers, or at the very least turn off the offending programming.
Don't just let it creep into your life, turn it off and refuse to watch what Satan is putting before you.
RUSS LAWSON is minister at the Tehachapi Church of Christ.