Thoughts on Sex and the decline and fall of society- pt. 1

Over the last couple of months I have been in expectation mode. I have a beautiful wife whose belly grows larger and larger every day. She is nauseous, sick, achy, excited, happy, and hopeful; She’s pregnant. As she and I embark on the journey of parenthood, we are mindful of the weighty responsibility and glorious entrustment that we’ve been given with this child. It’s something indescribable, it’s a feeling you can only feel when it actually happens to you.

As we start out we do all the usual things people do when expecting. Go to the doctor, talk with insurance companies, head to Babys -R-Us and gawk at the ocean of all things cute and adorable available for these little miracles. Once the euphoria of expecting subsides a bit you realize the status of those around you also expecting. You realize that parenting, family, and new life isn’t what it used to be.

Every doctor office we go into, greets us with surprised people to so elated find a married couple having a child. The insurance office first refers to me as “the boyfriend” until she looks down at my left hand and realizes we are married. The lady at CPC certifying our pregnancy is elated with joy that we are having the child within wedlock. No one assumes that we are married, they first assume we are coping with unfortunate but potentially exciting circumstances.

And why wouldn’t they? It makes sense. We live in such a sexually driven society, where the two most popular stores  among teens and young adults have just hired Porn Stars to model their clothing naked in XXX poses. (would post links but even the news articles were too racy for me to even read) American Apparel selling their tubes socks on a model completely naked in a position I had to repent from even seeing on the Billboard. Music, movies, TV shows, even Time magazine is talking about how shocking the sexuality of our culture is growing at such a rapid pace that monogamy is rare, and orgies are in vogue. It makes sense that the majority of pregnancies are found to be out of wedlock, and usually deemed “accidents”. It makes sense.

But is this shift the product of an ideological change? A sort of philosophical revolution bent on deconstructing the moral absolute of a previously Christian influenced culture? I submit that while the ideology is changing, it’s changing to cope with something greater; the absence of an active God.

It was René Descartes who started the ball roll’n in the 1600’s with: “I think, therefore I am”. Officially moving the culture from collective thinking to subjective thinking. Which has had many positive but also many negative effects. Fuerbach come along and said- yes you think, but so much so that God exists because of it, with his famous statement: “We made God”. Saying that sure God exists if you think he does, in other words he is a figment of ones imagination. Others then like Nietzsche and Freud applied these principles differently over time feeding into the birth of a new nation; The United States of America, declaring that all men are meant to be free to live, worship, think, act, and love however they please. This coupled Jean Jacques Rousseau’s theory that if you ‘love your self, and accept yourself for who you are, you are then therefore a good person’. Then leading us to modern day Abraham Maslow stating “your greatest need is self actualization”.

Humanity has found a way to rationalize away the existence and activity of a living God. Once you do this there is only one conclusion: “Do as thou wilt”.

If there is no governing objective moral truth, than the only other way to go is the way of moral relativism.

Sex has become the greatest stage to watch our society crumble into a moral relativistic ideal that is killing the human race. Why? because people deny, run from, and refuse to accept the ONE truth that has the ability to and desires to save them: The living and active God.

Because we (humanity)  have exalted individual rights and thoughts above that of the only sovereign and wise God we are reaping the wages of that sin. Let’s look at how “profitable” Sexual sin is to our world:

  • We have an entire continent (Africa) literally dying because of Aids. While Asia and South America closely following.
  • We have millions upon millions of children world wide being enslaved for the purpose of sex literally selling.
  • We have millions of people in this nation dependent on the government for money because they were born into situation where their parents chose themselves over there children.
  • We have television movies and video games that regularly promoting families that are so screwed up by sexual immorality that they require more attention than Abraham Maslow could’ve ever offered. Yet families pattern themselves after and end up like those being promoted.
  • We have a porn industry and escort (prostitution) industry making more money than this present economy, yet the life expectancy of a “porn star” or “escort” is about 40. Because of the lifestyle of Drugs required to cope with the pain of hundreds and thousands of sex partners. Many commit suicide.
  • We have 50 million human lives that never saw the light of day because they were killed by people who thought they might be to inconvenient to their lifestyle or situation.

We have a crisis in the land. Yet those turning from God scoff at God’s reality, and those accepting God generally only scoff at them. In this current state of crisis Christians have wasted so much time doing only as I have done above: pointing out the problem. Few have spent their energy promoting the solution. Therefore I digress:

THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU! THERE IS GOOD NEWS!- If only these were the calls the church was making in our society. If only we were the kind of believers that stood up amidst the dross of human sin and declared triumphantly, “God is Not Dead! Jesus lives! He is active! and He is coming to back to make the wrong things right! Turn from your sin, accept Him and he will give you freedom to overcome sin and shame! He will grant you strength to endure the trails of life because HE LOVES YOU, and desire that you be free, so that you can love Him and know His glory, So that when he splits the sky and returns to the Earth you can join with the redeemed and rejoice and not shrink back in Shame.

If only to the gays and the lesbians in San Fransisco we presented the solution instead of damnimg them over and over with the problem. Homosexuallity is a sin, instead of being “taddle tails” for Jesus, what if there was a church that had the boldness, and the compassion to say: “There is a way out of your shame!! There is a way that you can be free!”

If only there was a Faithful witness declaring to this nation: Jesus is God, he died for your sin, and we have a great hope in this, that He is returning to the Earth to make every wrong thing right, if you choose him there it is a blessed hope! If you deny him it will be terrible.

This post took a direction I hadn’t planned, but one I like. If we as believers did less bickering over theological disagreements and positioning our ministries to be the next big things, or new cool church model. And instead did more linking arms, rallying behind the absolute truths of the Bible that have given us life; maybe we would see the revival we long for.

Oh Lord, give us wisdom, and strength to be faithful witnesses of the gospel of your kingdom.

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9 thoughts on “Thoughts on Sex and the decline and fall of society- pt. 1

  1. Hey, I’m back! Meaty post Zack- wow.

    I could really see the the path you were drawing with the whole desentigration and separation from absolute truth to radical individualism and moral relativism. What is striking me just now is that a similar thing has happened in the church with mostly the same results.

    It’s something I read from a recent Billy Graham article on the second coming (I Highly recommend reading this http://www.billygraham.org/dmag_Article.asp?ArticleID=1066 ). He pointed out that a result from the reformation (funny, it’s about the same time that René Descartes said his thing) was sectarianism as everyone began to split off into denominations. It’s seems that the enemy was sowing similar seeds in the church as he was in scociety.

    My point being this, as you so well pointed out, there are division on points of theology, practice, and morality. Which leads to radical idividualism and isolation. A great victory for the enemy, and the perfect scenario set for both the world and the church, for him to introduce his new world leader.

    The satanic principal you mentioned is the real end to what you spelled out for both the world and the church, “do as thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law.” Leading to all these fractured and isolated segments of society that are ineffective and powerless to do anything but be lead by thier passions & lusts.

    I digress as well, because God sits in heaven and laughs. He has calculated all of this, and is not surprised, but is using it for His glory and the harvest of the earth. (sorry about the length, but it has been a month since I have blogged, I have a lot stored up!)

    I am with you- let teh revelution begin and let the church begin to hold out the hope of all nations. Great post to come back to.

    I am enjoyng my first cup of coffee as well, with some biscotti- hope I don’t pay for it.

    Later bro!

  2. I’m glad your back John.

    We need a church to emerge that cares only about holiness in the grace of God and lives to preach the comfort, joy and violence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His coming.

  3. You know, it’s really too bad that your so-called “faith” in “God” leads you to believe in such ridiculously archaic notions as “sex is bad” and “gays are sinners.” Honestly, what kind of God would created sex (and homosexuality), then denounce it as shameful, dirty, or sinful?

    There is no God in the sense that you talk about it. God is all of us. We are God. There is some kind of higher power, but it’s not one who sits up in the sky like Santa Claus keeping a list of who’s “naughty” and “nice.” You’ve been brainwashed by the church to believe in this all-knowing, human-like deity that was created by humans to keep people in line with the status quo.

    The greater — and much more helpful truth — is that we are all connected by that which created us, and that there is no such thing as “moral sin,” except that which we create for ourselves. To say that homosexuality — something which has existed from the beginning of time and is very common not only in humans, but in all forms of animal life — is a sin is, quite frankly, a violation of “God’s” plan for us. Because whether you want to believe this or not, people ARE created gay. For them to deny who they are is to deny the “God” that created them.

    Christianity is great — if you are using it in a truly Christ-like fashion, which is to say: Truly loving and accepting others as they are, not in spite of who they are. It’s unfortunate that you, like others who have been misguided by their own notions of “right” and “wrong,” see fit to judge sexuality as shameful, because there is no shame is accepting and celebrating human sexuality in all its incarnations–gay and straight.

    You can feel superior because you pronounce silly blog entries such as this one, but you ignore the one truth: That YOU are part of the problem. In casting shame and judgment upon those whose sexuality you do not accept, you are only perpetuating the problems that this culture has with sexuality. It’s only when you come to terms with “God” as it truly exists — an energy force that connects us all as perfect in our creation — that you will experience the breakthrough that you need to rejoice in that which bonds us and makes us more “God”-like.

    “God” does not judge. “God” is just the thing that brought us together, and in “God’s” eyes, we are all perfect just the way we are. That was Christ’s lesson to humanity: It’s too bad you didn’t listen to his message.

  4. Thank you for stopping in Ken. I really want to take the time to respond but first I want to know if this is just a fly-by comment/rant and you’ll never plan on checking back on, or are you actually up for a dialogue?

    If it’s dialogue, then I’d love to put forth the effort. If it’s simply to perpetrate the same crime of “judging” with out listening or understanding that you just accused me of- then bless you, and thanks for stopp’n in.

    much love

    .::zack

  5. Well done and beyond relevant. Eros defiled and Romans 1 and 2, we are not that far behind one of the greatest empires ever. The Gospel much be preached. The purging of immorality begins with God’s bride first and foremost therefore I am humbled to read this post.

    Love ya,
    Z

  6. It always amazes me to see, titles like this one, for this blog, what is the author trying to make as a point ? Is it not to have, sex, that sex is bad, that being gay is either bad or good…we need christians with both clear consciences and free from shame to proclaim the truth without doubt or waver, without puzzlement or question.

    To me, a man and woman are made for sex, and with one another for life, that is the def. of marriage. Not that a man will like another man’s marriage certificate, or that piece of paper is pretty instead of the person, who is on that piece of paper with them.

    Adam and eve, King David, they all got it right, because they all got their story in the good book, read those stories, you can in the light…now just open your eyes…to the salvation, which is the truth to the way, God does things, and just be blessed by it… always…amen, It is as simple as that.

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