Ask RC: Where did it all go so wrong?
These are dark days for the church in the west. While we can, indeed must rejoice over the spread of the gospel in China, and in the southern hemisphere, here the church is losing its savor, and the putrid smell of death is all around us. Perverts are parading in the streets. Mommies are murdering their babies 3500 times a day. Eighty percent of evangelical kids reject the faith by the time they reach their 20’s, and those that stay (or come back) usually opt for church-lite. And our nation has just elected the most socialistic, leftist man in our history.
Everyone has their favorite spot, a particular battle we either lost or retreated from on which to place the blame. Was it 1963, when we let them take prayer out of “our” schools? Was it 1973, when the Supreme Court declared war on the unborn? Was it 1983, when All My Children became the first soap to run a gay story line? Was it 1993 when Bill Clinton took office, promising to socialize medicine with Hillarycare? Was it 2003 when George W. Bush signed his own legislation giving us socialized pills for seniors?
The trouble with these guesses is that they all think the problem is the camel in the tent, when the real problem is the camel’s nose. We gave up on educating our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord the moment we accepted the premise of government schools, a hundred years prior. We began seeing children as a burden and inconvenience when we embraced the pill in the 60’s. We normalized the pursuit of sexual pleasure outside God’s design when we embraced no-fault divorce (brought to you first in California, under Governor Reagan.) We accepted socialized healthcare when we embraced LBJcare for the elderly. All Bill and Hillary, Mitt and Barack have proposed is lowering the enrollment age to birth. And we have had socialized retirement since 1933. How can we object to adding pills?
With every one of these issues we have missed the forest for the trees. We engage in sundry policy debates- this program is too expensive; we can get Bible as literature classes into the schools; if we elect Republicans we can hold back the tide- and miss that we have already given up the war. Unless or until the church of Jesus Christ is ready to affirm that education is not the calling of the state, that children are a blessing from God, that any sexual behavior outside the marriage bed is an abomination before God, that healthcare, pills and retirements are not entitlements, we will continue to slouch toward Gomorrah.
I know the principled approach freaks people out. That’s my point. But you can’t turn a ship around by accepting that we’re going in the right direction generally, we just need to move a degree or two. You can’t have godly education or godly sexual standards while excluding God. And you can’t have liberty in a nation whose children are nurtured in socialized schools. We should not object to this or that in the state’s schools, but should object to state schools. We should not object to the murder of babies because they are babies, but because it is murder. We should not object to homosexual perversion because it is homosexual, but because it is perversion. We should not object to this socialist program or that but should object to socialism. Otherwise we’re not fighting but retreating.