"Why may not whole communities and public bodies be seized with fits of insanity as well as individuals?" English Bishop Butler's observation made more than 100 years ago.
A National Moral Insanity
"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil." Isaiah 5:20 (The Holy Bible)
What a graphic description of modern America! Flying the banner of "personal rights, our nation has rationalized a myriad of evils, calling them "good." We have a "right to our own bodies," therefore, innumerable pre-born babies are "terminated," and our society is called upon to underwrite this evil. Waving the same "rights" emblem, homosexuality is disguised as an "alternate life-style," with demands that it be as such taught to our children in the public schools. Under the guise of the separation of Church and state, all mention of God is being eliminated from the public schools, replaced with Eastern religious philosophies, witchcraft, transcendental meditation, and mind-control, all falsely represented as legitimate curricula.
Situational ethics, with its code of moral non-absolutes, has replaced our Judaic-Christian system of conduct in decision-making. Challenges are being leveled against the mention of God in all aspects of governmental functions. America now is defined as a "secular state." All this is occurring in the name of "good."
Seemingly calloused and insensible to the collective sins of our generation, we have fast degenerated to a nation with a
seared conscience. We have speedily drifted away from God's definition of morality, thus loosing our collective ability for straight thinking on moral issues. Redefining good and evil, and recreating them after our own fallen image, we now are magnifying and perpetuating sins against God, our children and us, calling these sins good. We now appear shaken as we experience the collapse of an imploding America that - moral and spiritual foundations disintegrating - stumbles about like a blind Samson chained to the millstone of gross immorality.
Nevertheless, the fault is ours. We kept silent as liberal social engineers redefined our moral values; without protest, we permitted them to disassemble the moral and spiritual ramparts that once protected us. Why should we be shocked at the handiwork we permitted? As the Prophet Hosea declared, we have ". . . sown to the wind" and we are reaping "the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7). The Bible book of Proverbs, chapter 14, verse 34, records an nonflexible formula concerning a nation's morality or lack thereof: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." This formula is unambiguous. Righteousness strengthens nations; corruption brings reproach upon them.
Because of our sins, we are experiencing what amounts to a national moral insanity. The dismantling of our Judaic-Christian code of morality has left us morally impotent - unable to discern the difference between true good and evil. As Anglican Bishop Butler insightfully asked in England more than 100 years ago, "Why may not whole communities and public bodies be seized with fits of insanity as well as individuals?" The response is that they may be, and it appears that America has been. In Psalm 9:14, the Bible again addresses nations as well as individuals: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God."
Christ Jesus offers hope to us when He narrated the parable of "The Prodigal Son," He noted that the Prodigal squandered all his inheritance with riotous living. "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he gladly would have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said "How many of my father's hired servant have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
"I will arise and go to my father and will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants' . . . But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him" (Luke 15:14-24). The father then ordered his servants to prepare a great feast for his returned prodigal son.
As a nation, we also must come to ourselves, realign our code of morality, and focus again on God's absolutes. Only by doing so can we avoid the catastrophe extinction experienced by previous civilizations that - ignoring God's precepts - practiced evil and called it good.