For anyone living in the last twenty-five years it is clearly evident of a shift in the moral compass of where we were to where we have come. This does not suggest that what was unacceptable twenty-five years ago was right simply because it was twenty-five years ago. The moral code of right and wrong is determined by the Lord not whims of man. However the core of the American culture twenty-five years ago was less lenient to the dogmas of modern day morality as seen in the passing glance of the daily news.
From the headlines comes news of the Presbyterian Church (USA) trying to define marriage as, in part, that “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.” This paves the way for homosexual marriage or acceptance of same-sex marriage. It is clear the Presbyterian Church (USA) is not the Lord’s church of the New Testament and they follow creeds inscribed by the failing philosophies of man. This is not a shock as any institution founded by man will appease the desires of man.
Homosexuality is the norm as celebrities flaunt their immorality as acceptable with scorn given to those who will say anything hurtful. A commercial on television has two boys holding hands in school and the caption suggesting hurtful words are unkind. God loves those who follow a perverse morality but only to the need of their lives rejecting their desires for one another. “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:24-28).
A new propaganda from the media is the focus on “transgender” and how that the identity of those who desire to be the opposite sex is to be tolerated and accepted. The sexual identification is no longer “man and woman” but “whatever and whatever.” Whatever moral compass there was in the past is now changed to the barometer of the fleshly needs of passion. Consider all the things that are acceptable in our world today: abortion (murdering millions of human beings every year – a greater holocaust); divorce for any and every reason known to man; sexuality in every form and fashion; ridicule of fatherhood; degrading the true mean of family; role models of manhood and womanhood; religious diversity; etc.
The great failing of man is his inability to learn from history. As each season of man’s wisdom progresses to the next stage it is clear that lessons learned in the past will not be applied to the present. Paul warned about a world filled with “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4). Man tries these methods of pleasure seeking happiness and finding nothing but misery. It happened in the Roman period and every period since. There is no future in the moral degradation touted by man.
The Presbyterian Church can define marriage any way it desires but God’s word will not change. “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6). Sexual immorality (fornication, adultery, homosexuality, sodomites) may be accepted in different levels of society but the Lord God Almighty declares that such rebellion will be punished by eternal fire (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Man can legalize any kind of divorce but God does not.
Asaph, the psalter, explained it best in Psalm 50. “These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes. ‘Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God’” (Psalms 50:21-23). Man thinks he knows what God wants. He will change laws that God established in the beginning but truth remains the same. Whether he calls evil good and good evil it will never usurp God’s character of righteousness (Isaiah 5:20). “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight” (Isaiah 5:21).