A look into the lack of morality that exists in America and what we need to do to combat it.
The Moral Death of a Nation
It seems to me that we, as a nation, are at a crossroads. Time and time again I am absolutely dumbfounded by the things that I see happening in our world today, and time and time again I am absolutely disgusted that we allow them to continue to happen. Yet somehow, I cannot help but to continue reading the news, watching videos posted that exemplify disturbing behavior, and getting caught up in political and religious debates with people who have become so apathetic that there is no way to convince them that they are blind to what is happening around them is amiss.
The other day, a friend of mine posted a video to her Facebook page that showed a little girl, that couldn’t have been more than 10 if even that, dancing with a little boy, well if that is what you want to call it anyway. This little girl had her booty backed up, rubbing up against this little boy’s private parts, while he was grinding on her. Lo and behold, according to the original poster of the video the parents were standing nearby, cheering the kids on. My friend posted the video with a caption that stated, “This is why I'm glad I don't have a daughter I would kick her teeth out.” Well, I can understand where she is coming from… slightly. If I caught one of my daughters dancing like that I would be mad as hell on a hot summer day in the Sahara! However, I know that if I did catch one of my daughters doing that, they sure didn’t learn it from me! The thing that my friend failed to recognize is that it wasn’t the children that were at fault, it was the parents.
We live in a world inundated by so many outside images and ideas that when parents fail to teach their children proper principles at home, the children fail to learn them elsewhere. There are so many outside forces trying to tell our children that dressing and dancing like a stripper at the age of five is ok, speaking in nothing but slang and curse words is perfectly acceptable, and that personal accountability has gone out the window, that if we do not combat these horrendously misappropriate behaviors in our homes when our children are young, they are going to be heavily influenced by outside immoral forces. If that had been my daughter, she wouldn’t have gotten her teeth kicked in, but she certainly would have had her closet raided for inappropriate clothing, lost any kind of technological privileges she had, and been grounded until she was 18! Well maybe not 18, but for a sufficient amount of time for her to learn the severe impropriety of her behavior.
You see, in my house, we take what I would call risky behavior very seriously. I am a single mother, I have been through very bad relationships with men, I have seen and experienced things that many people don’t ever have to face in their lifetime, and I have seen the effects of the immoral world we live in personally. If I can prevent my daughters from having to go through any of those things by making sure that they are making wise decisions, that I am teaching them appropriate behavior, and making sure there are consequences when they don’t behave in a fashion I consider acceptable, I am going to do those things.
Our nation is in a very serious situation right now. All around me I see degraded morals, lack of accountability, lack of parental guidance, involvement, and consequences for children who do not behave appropriately, and in even some cases, the propagation of behavior that I personally find abhorrent. Christianity is oftentimes under attack, and those of us who still hold to traditional morals are viewed as bigots, unyielding, and close-minded. Well, if that is how what is now considered to be the “liberal” population wants to view me, I will take those labels. Mind you, that what it means to be liberal now is far from the original implication of the word. Today, if you are a liberal, you have to be accepting of nearly everything, because heaven forbid you object to abortion, moderate censorship of age inappropriate materials, or gay marriage.
If you are against abortion, you are depriving women the right to choose what happens to their body… well I am sorry, but the baby’s body is a separate entity and I do not condone it unless in extreme circumstances of death for mother and child, rape, or incest, and even then I believe that the decision should be made prayerfully. If you choose not to censor the things your children listen to, watch, or video games they play, then you are stifling your children’s creativity and being the “uncool” parent. By the way video games aren’t allowed in my house, I determine what shows/movies are appropriate for the family to watch, and the only music that plays is what we can get on the local radio station or pre-approved Pandora stations in the case of my oldest daughter. If you are not in support of gay marriage, you are a bigot, unquestionably hateful, and close-minded. Well, I am none of those things. I have gay friends and I love them and want them to be happy, but I believe that marriage is what is outlined not only in the scriptures by divine revelation from God, but what is also outlined in nature as well. Someone once had the audacity to call me racist… at the time I was married to a Hispanic man and my daughters are African-American, all I could do was shake my head in disgust and disbelief.
Many argue that this is not in fact a nation built upon Christian principles, but I have to fervently disagree. The Founding Fathers opened and closed the Constitutional Convention with prayer when they had reached a hopeless deadlock. It is in the words of Benjamin Franklin, who pleaded with those present to go to the Almighty in supplication. His appeal to our Founding Fathers clearly illustrates to me what is currently lacking not only in our nation, but around the world.
"The small progress we have made after four or five weeks' close attendance and continual reasonings with each other--our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ayes--is, methinks, a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the human understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those republics which, having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution, now no longer exist. And we have viewed modern states all round Europe, but find none of their constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this assembly, groping, as it were, in the dark, to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings. In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of dangers, we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?
I have lived, sir, a long time, and, the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that 'Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.'
I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed, in this political building, no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and by-word down to future ages. And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service."
If our Founding Fathers knew the importance of seeking the Lord in the establishment of this once great country, why is it that we have strayed so far from Him? And by the way the motion to pray was seconded and passed without a vote and only minor hesitation that praying at this point may have become an embarrassment to the convention when they had not done so from the beginning, were it to become known to the general public. As a stark contrast, today the Lord’s name is taken in vain so frequently that many view it as just another word of exasperation, as opposed to a sacrilege and a sin. Many people who associate themselves as Christian fail to behave accordingly, they go to church on Sunday and live how they please the rest of the week, failing to be true disciples of Christ. We are now teaching our children how to have safe sex in schools, as opposed to teaching them to save their virtue for marriage. We worship celebrities as idols, and many of them are drugged out, washed up, has-beens who think that drunken parties and lewd dancing are appropriate behavior to exhibit in front of the general population and have been involved in numerous other forms of either inappropriate or illegal activity. Yet, we worship these people as icons, exemplars of success, and appropriate roll-models for our utterly impressionable children.
Not only are we failing our children, but we are failing our country. We sit here watching it flounder, slowly drowning under the abyss of babylonic behavior, yet we quietly sit and watch it all unfold on the nightly news, rarely raising an objection. We tune in to watch award shows where performers are dressed in no more than what the typical undergarment looks like, singing lewd lyrics, and dancing raunchily to rehearsed rhythms. What was just 20 years ago considered to be a rated R movie, today passes for PG-13, and at times even PG. The kinds of language allowed on the radio and television are words that I only heard my mother say once or twice in my lifetime, but they are repeated time and time again every hour. Celebrities and prominent figures of the community get away with illegal behavior that would have most of us serving extended sentences with nothing more than a slap on the wrist or a stay at a minimum security prison that is far more like a luxury hotel than a correctional facility. Parents permit their daughters to wear makeup at younger and younger ages and clothing that would make a stripper blush, allowing them to go unaccompanied to who knows where doing who knows what with who knows whom, and then get upset and wonder why their daughter is 15 and pregnant, blaming society rather than facing the fact that they failed to parent them appropriately.
What morality still exists in this country is typically moral indignation at perceived slight or offense given by another, but often the owner of said indignation doesn’t understand what moral really means. Now I cannot say that this applies to every parent, every child, or every household in this nation, but these things are becoming more and more prevalent. I often see memes posted on Facebook that say something like, “We often say we need to save a better world for our children, but how about saving better children for our world” or “If I had spoken to my parents the way most children speak to theirs today, I wouldn’t be here to share this post.” The sad thing is that these ideas are not altogether inconceivable. I struggle with my own children being disrespectful toward me. Had I said any number of things that are said to me or used the tone of voice that my daughters take with me, I would have been backhanded, and it isn’t for lack appropriated punishment or explanation as to why those things are wrong either. I am firmly convinced that a good portion of it comes from the environment outside of the home that I am unable to control.
We need to take it upon ourselves to stop accepting mediocrity, immorality, and illegal behavior. We need to quit trying to keep up with the Jonses and start focusing on the important things in life. We need to pay more attention to what is coming into our homes via media, entertainment, and the internet and spend more time explaining to our children why some of the things they experience elsewhere are wrong. We need to be concerned about the degradation of standards in regard to movies, music and television, as well as in the people whom we choose to associate with or allow our children to. We need to say, enough is enough when it comes to our leaders finding themselves in compromising positions, being caught in a lie, and being held unaccountable for their behavior and lack of responsibility in their offices. We need to take back America, or we will find ourselves much in the position of the moth that beats against the window attempting to escape, energy exhausted and the life literally taken out of us.