Recently, an article in "Ministry Today Magazine," spoke of a "morality shift" in America. The article stated,
"Americans' positive view of their own morality is higher than ever, a May 26 Gallup poll reveals. Only 38 percent of Americans believe the overall state of moral values in America is poor (down seven percentage points from 2010), while the number of those who believe the country's morality is excellent or good has risen eight percentage points to 23 percent."
In addition, the article went on to say,
"In addition to this trend, fewer Americans believe the country's moral values are getting worse. In 2010, 76 percent said the state of moral values in America is worsening. This year only 69 percent agreed said that moral values are declining, and 22 percent (up from 14 percent last year) believe they are improving."
The issue is not whether we think morality is improving, but whether or not morality has been redefined. Just what has this morality shift brought us?
Since the early 60's until today, the divorce rate has doubled, the teen suicide rate has tripled, reported violent crime has quadrupled, the prison population has quintupled, the percentage of babies born out of wedlock has risen six-fold, and couples living together out of wedlock has risen sevenfold.
It's amazing to see that the 60's was only 40 short years ago, but my, what that generation has reaped for us. The last generation’s counterculture of rebellion has become this generation’s establishment of repugnance, and what was unimaginable forty years ago – daytime talk shows celebrating adultery and incest; homosexual love scenes on major networks; brutal slaughters in our schools and churches– is all too common today.
In recent days, the news headlines have been filled with stories concerning Congressman Anthony Weiner's online sexscapades. The actions of this Congressman have become an all too familiar story within politics. It's amazing how just a couple of weeks ago, the main headline had to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger's sex scandal. This story reminded me of the days during the Clinton impeachment where some Congressmen and Senators were also exposed of having extramarital affairs. When you shine light, there is often so much more revealed. Unfortunately, Congressman Weiner is not alone...he's just one that got caught.
What about the Church? Has there been a morality shift within the Church in America?
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