We are looking at the condition of our community, our role in it,and theposition taken
by many followers of Christ and how their example should be a positive influence on our
lives as believers today.
Part 1 ~ Loose morals being the norm
God hasn’t made usjudges overanything except what He has placed under our control.
And, as believers we have an obligation to walk in the Spirit. So, when we see and hear
things that are definitely not in keeping with the morality prescribed in and overseen by
the Ten Commandments, and the Scriptures, it is our place to speak up orspeak out
against it. Problem though is immorality, i.e., loose morals, is now considered the norm.
Promiscuity is rampant in our society. Abusive and degrading language is passed off as a
cultural thing. Respect for women or even adults, is no longer vogue in the eyes of those
around us. Attire is no longer an example of personal pride. Everybody’s doing it seems
to make it okay in the minds of those who would usually oppose these actions which are
typical of today’s fast and loose crowd.
You can’t turn on your TV without seeing and hearing things that are just outright
disgusting. We know this because we do watch television and we know what is and is
not acceptable, even if the networks and show producers do not. Even when we are
viewing an acceptable program, the advertisements are so risqué we need to turn off the
TV, or at least mute it when they appear. And the most irritating part of the process is
we pay for the service.
There is absolutely nothing prudish or religiously fanatic about caring enough for
yourself and your loved ones, to make known exactly how you feel, or what you think,
about any smut-laden programming or advertising.
Paul didn’t beat around the bush in writing to the believers at Ephesus. He said to them,
“… I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles
do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and
separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the
hardening of their hearts.” (Eph. 4.17-18 NIV) “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given
themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual
lust for more.” (Eph. 4. 19 NIV). There isliberty in Christ, but not a license to sin. Those
who condone and participate in these types of activities have lost their perception of