America’s Real Problem

On March 2nd, Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron, once the childhood star of the 80′s TV show Growing Pains, was interviewed on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.  Kirk Cameron was attempting to promote his new documentary “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure”, which is about American history, the nations current decline, and our Founding Fathers. Well, Piers Morgan would have none of that,  so he immediately set the latest and deadliest politically correct booby-trap (known as gay marriage) right in front of Kirk Cameron’s feet and gave him a nice shove. After Mr. Cameron was asked about his position, he calmly explained that homosexuality, in his view, was “unnatural” and that same-sex marriage would be “detrimental” to society. He also said that:

Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt. And it was defined in the Garden between Adam and Eve, one man, one woman, for life, till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. I don’t think anyone else should either. So, do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”

Mr. Cameron also attempted to explain the obvious truth that “not everything that feels good is good”, but sadly his message fell mostly on deaf ears – the booby-trap had already been sprung.

After the interview the internet went fully ablaze and all the “tolerant” and “loving” progressives and pro-homosexual activists came out of the woodwork screaming bloody-murder that Kirk Cameron was evil, intolerant, a bigot, a hypocrite, a homophobe, spreading hate speech, etc. Hollywood actors such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and countless others mindlessly piled on their own words of condemnation. Roseanne Barr even tweeted that Kirk Cameron was an “accomplice to murder” and is currently “killing gays in Uganda.”

The public outrage was rather amusing on the surface, because none of the people who were so easily outraged by Kirk Cameron’s comments seemed to know what the words “tolerant”, “hypocrite”, or “bigot”, even meant, or that opposing opinions are still legal in the United States.

Honestly, can anything that Kirk Cameron said on CNN be proven false? No. Did anyone who was so greatly offended offer even a shred of evidence that Mr. Cameron’s views were wrong? No, because they were too busy ranting and raving to actually think. I take that back, I did read a comment on a pro-homosexual rights forum defend their position by writing: “Homosexuality is NOT unnatural, just look at the animal kingdom!” I almost died laughing. Can you imagine if humans were morally justified for their actions simply because of what some mindless critter has done? For example, all women would be morally justified to kill and eat their mates like the female preying mantis, and male rapists would be completely innocent because male great white sharks forcibly copulate with female great white sharks all the time. Thieves would also be morally justified to steal from others because sea gulls steal fish out of the mouths of other sea gulls and it’s perfectly okay for them. What utter madness?!

It is also mind boggling how the homosexual lobby has taken the 6,000 year old God given institution of “marriage” which is a legally binding contract between “one man and one woman for life” so that a good, strong, lasting  nuclear family can be built, and turned it into nothing more the what two human beings “feel” toward one another — namely the emotion of “love”. But, love is never mentioned in any legal definition of marriage. Millions of men and women are legally married who don’t currently love each other. A person can love their own child, their dog, and even their new toaster oven, but they can’t legally marry them either. Is that discrimination too? Gay marriage is obviously not a human rights issue at all, since any adult (even a person with homosexual tendencies) can already legally marry another adult of the opposite sex.

What I really don’t get is why so many black civil rights activists support the homosexual rights movement. Any homosexual can change their personal behavior, but a black person cannot change the color of their skin – the exception being Michael Jackson of course. Homosexual “rights” is completely baseless on every possible level. Anyone who thinks homosexuality is normal and healthy should read a few of the countless scientific studies which have proven beyond any doubt that homosexuals (which make up an extremely small percentage of the population), engage in a whole host of bizarre, self-destructive, abnormal, and violent behaviors. Dr. Robert Jeffress book “Outrageous Truth… 7 Absolutes You Can Still Believe in” contains an excellent chapter which debunks the common pro-homosexual myths. The Family Research Institute is also another excellent resource for those looking for scientific facts, rather then blatant propaganda.

So, why did Mr. Cameron’s honest and truthful comments, which would have been tolerated in the past, instead create such a vocal and angry knee-jerk reaction? And why didn’t anyone seem to bother to think critically about what he was trying to explain? Let’s dig down to the very foundation of the problem. Below is an interesting list compiled by Dr.David R. Reagan, taken from his book “America the Beautiful?” Sixty some years ago when he was born:

  • Abortionists were sent to prison.
  • Pregnancy out of marriage was thought of as scandalous.
  • Homosexuals were considered queer.
  • Pornography was despised as a sickness.
  • Marriage was sacred. Living together was taboo. Divorce was a disgrace.
  • Homemaking was honored, and day care was provided by mothers in their homes.
  • Child abuse was almost unheard of.
  • Ladies did not smoke or curse.
  • Damn” was considered flagrant language in a movie.
  • Houses and autos were never locked.
  • A man’s word was his honor.
  • Drugs were something you bought at a pharmacy (or “drug store”).
  • Alcoholism was considered a sin, not a disease.
  • Popular music was devoid of demonic beats and words.
  • Eastern religion was still in the East.
  • Public school students prayed in their classes and read the Bible, and creation could still be taught as an alternative to evolution.
  • Kids were spanked by parents and teachers for disobedience.
  • High School graduates could read their diplomas.
  • The Ten Commandments were still legal.
  • Gay” was an attitude.
  • ‘‘Aids‘‘ (often translated “helps”) was a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:28).
  • Our governments local, state, and national — still promoted Judeo-Christian values rather than lotteries, horse racing, and casino gambling.
  • Debt, whether public or private, was considered a disgrace.
  • Christian teaching focused on sacrificing for Christ rather than confessing materialistic success.
  • Governmental authority was respected. Police were held in high esteem.
  • Humanism was considered a curse.
  • Social security was a job. Living on welfare was unheard of.
  • 1984″ was a terrifying novel, not a reality.

Bottom line, back then most Americans held to a Christian worldview. Today America is a nation of heathens. Let’s face it, we currently live in a pagan society. Our culture now, by and large, bases morality on “feelings” and not upon God’s moral Law. The new motto is: “If it feels good, do it.” Most Americans have bought into lies such as: post-modernism, secular humanism, universalism, pluralism, relativism, Marxism, socialism, communism, Darwinian Evolution, etc. None of these humanistic ideologies is grounded in truth. When analyzed critically, they all fall like wet bags of cement. They are also anti-Christian and thoroughly un-Biblical. That is why we as Christians cannot simply proclaim what is moral or immoral to the majority anymore and expect anything to stick.

Imagine if you will, that you are an American missionary who lived a hundred and fifty years ago and decided to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a tribe of extremely hostile half-naked head-hunters and man-eating cannibals. How on earth are you going to explain to them that shrinking human heads is morally wrong and that eating human flesh is evil? After-all, this is simply what their culture does. Besides that, these guys think shrinking heads and eating human flesh is extremely fun! If you simply marched into their camp, and tried to explain to them why everything their culture enjoys is “evil”, “unnatural”, and “detrimental” to a civilized society they would think you were completely bonkers! No doubt, they would also become extremely angry with you, because in their view you were trying to force your unbelievably foolish white-man ways on them. So, the tribe quickly decides to stop listening to you and instead has some fun by using your body for target practice. Then they gleefully chop your head off and throw what’s left of your spear ridden carcass into their next stew. Problem solved.

That hypothetical barbaric pagan tribe is basically a crude reflection of American society today. I am not saying that Americans like Roseanne Barr are stupid, or that a non-Christian cannot live a moral life. What I am saying is that America’s ethical standards are now mostly subjective and based on false ideologies, emotions, and personal opinions, and not on objective moral truth. They think morality is like deciding what flavor of ice cream is best – it depends on the individual. Most also see Bible believing Christians as a hindrance to their own hedonistic pleasures. They wrongly think that Christians are attempting to force “legalism” on them – a system of “do this, but not this”. They do not understand that Christianity sets a person free from God’s written Law. The Apostle Paul writes that saved Christians:

are now part of the body of Christ and are dead to the power of the Law. You are free to belong to Christ, who was raised to life so that we could serve God. When we thought only of ourselves, the Law made us have sinful desires. It made every part of our bodies into slaves who are doomed to die. But the Law no longer rules over us. We are like dead people, and it cannot have any power over us. Now we can serve God in a new way by obeying his Spirit, and not in the old way by obeying the written Law.” – Romans 7:4-6

The “intolerant” counter-culture (which sincerely believes it is “tolerant”), absolutely  hates Bible believing Christians. When a Christian goes onto a secular nationwide talk show and says, “I believe that _______ is morally wrong”, all the pagan wants to do at best is yell: “Hey, somebody make that JERK shut the HELL UP!” or at worst they scream: “KILL HIM!!!”

So, how can Bible believing Christians continue to spread the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in this extremely hostile anti-Christian environment, without compromising, yet at the same time not making the pagan majority instantly want to feed us to the lions?

Christian author C.S. Lewis once described Christians as being like commando’s operating behind enemy lines. Sixty years ago American Christians had it easy because we were actually sitting comfortable behind “friendly lines”, but instead of effectively engaging the anti-Christian counter-culture and fighting hard to assure America stayed predominantly Christian, we instead compromised with the world. Some have since awoken to this fact, but now we find ourselves FAR behind enemy lines and greatly outnumbered. The battle from here on out is going to be extremely tough. If we hope to have any success in spreading the Gospel further in America we have to adapt “the right way” and fast.

Instead of only preaching to the choir, we must start engaging this hostile pagan culture like Christian commandos. We strike swiftly and hard at the very foundation of America’s “real” problem and then withdraw so we can fight another day. You see, abortion, homosexual marriage, divorce, pornography, promiscuity, foul language, violence, drug abuse, anarchy, lawlessness, etc. are only “symptoms” of the real problem that plagues this once great nation. The “real” problem is that our culture no longer believes in “objective moral truth”. In other words, they do not believe that some things are always right and that some things are always wrong. When a person does not believe in “objective moral truth”, the Gospel cannot be successfully conveyed and true repentance achieved.

As Christians we know that all moral truth reflects the person, character, and nature of God, but pagans  believe that: “What feels good is good, and what feels bad is evil.” Kirk Cameron boldly spoke the truth, which instantly hurt thousands of  peoples “feelings”. So, how do pagans naturally react when their feelings are hurt? Exactly as they did! Kirk Cameron’s message was complete foolishness to them. His words hurt, so they saw him as a threat to their future “fun”. They then started screaming like a tribe of half-naked savages waving their primitive spears and chanting: “Kirk Cameron is evil”.

The Apostle Paul experienced a similar problem first hand in Athens. He explained that the message of the Cross, while only a stumbling block to the Jews, was foolishness to the pagan Greeks:

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” – 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

Paul was actually extremely successful in Athens when he preached the Gospel to the Greeks (Acts 17:16-34).  He understood their culture very well, and used a pagan alter dedicated to “The Unknown God”  to break the ice and proclaim the Good News to them. Paul, skillfully struck like a lone commando behind enemy lines and what was the result? Some mocked, others wanted to learn more, and some actually believed!:

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.” – Acts 17:32-34

Now here is what we must keep in mind, while the Apostle Paul’s evangelism method worked at converting pagan Greeks in Athens, that does not mean that the pagan Greeks think anything like pagan Americans. They are two radically different cultures.  Pagan America is far more hostile to the Gospel and much harder to preach to then the ancient Greeks ever were. At least the Greeks loved philosophy, recognized self-evident truths such as the Laws of Logic, and enjoyed listening to various opposing viewpoints. According to the Bible:

All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.”  – Acts 17:21

Does that sound like your average American? Certainly not! Today, the majority of Americans have no understanding whatsoever of philosophy, natural law, or even know how to think critically about morality without throwing a Cultural Marxism inspired temper tantrum. During the last two centuries, knowledge has increased exponentially, but wisdom HAS to be at an all time low. Thankfully, we still have the  Bible to garner the wisdom we require to find a solution. For instance, the Apostle Paul records that God’s moral Law is written on every human heart:

Indeed, when Gentiles [the pagans], who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” – Romans 2:14-15

That is EXTREMELY good news! It means that “objective moral truth”, which is the foundational truth so rarely recognized in American society today is “self-evident”. Self-evident means that this particular truth or law is so basic and foundational that it proves itself to be true all by itself and no further proof is necessary. In other words, we do not have to “argue” with people to get the point across that “objective moral truth” exists and that some things are always right and some things are always wrong. We simply have to get them to “think critically” and “reflect” on the law which is already written on their hearts, so they can then begin to think about where it comes from.

Objective moral truth is unbelievably easy to demonstrate to another person. As Christian apologist Frank Turek put it: “We know right and wrong from our reactions, not our actions. For instance, you may not think that stealing is wrong and steal something from me, but if I steal something from you, you instantly know that stealing is wrong. Or you may not think that lying is wrong and lie to me, but if I lie to you, you know that lying is wrong, etc.”

The following true story which occurred at a university in Indiana fully demonstrates this point:

[A] professor, who was teaching a class in ethics, assigned a term paper to his students. He told the students to write on any ethical topic of their choice, requiring each student only to properly back up his or her thesis with reasons and documentation.

One student, an atheist, wrote eloquently on the topic of moral relativism. He argued, “All morals are relative; there is no absolute standard of justice or rightness; it’s all a matter of opinion; you like chocolate, I like vanilla,” and so on. His paper provided both his reasons and his documentation. It was the right length, on time, and stylishly presented in a handsome blue folder.

After the professor read the entire paper, he wrote on the front cover, “F, I don’t like blue folders!” When the student got the paper back he was enraged. He stormed into the professor’s office and protested, “‘F’ I don’t like blue folders!’ That’s not fair! That’s not right! That’s not just! You didn’t grade the paper on its merits!”

Raising his hand to quiet the bombastic student, the professor calmly retorted, “Wait a minute. Hold on. I read a lot of papers. Let me see … wasn’t your paper the one that said there is no such thing as fairness, rightness, and justice?”

Yes,” the student answered.

Then what’s this you say about me not being fair, right, and just?” the professor asked. “Didn’t your paper argue that it’s all a matter of taste? You like chocolate, I like vanilla?”

The student replied, “Yes, that’s my view.”

Fine, then,” the professor responded. “I don’t like blue.You get an F!”

Suddenly the light-bulb went on in the student’s head. He realized he really did believe in moral absolutes. He at least believed in justice. After all, he was charging his professor with injustice for giving him an F simply because of the color of the folder. That simple fact defeated his entire case for relativism.“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek (Pg 173-174)

You see the student “reacted” to how he was treated and he immediately “knew” what was wrong with what the professor did to him. He “knew”, because there is such a thing as fairness, rightness, and justice.

So, let’s say someone says to you that they do not believe in right and wrong. What  should you do? You “demonstrate” to them that there is right and wrong by doing something wrong to them to make them “react”. For example, you might say: ”Oh, you don’t believe in right or wrong? How wonderful. Then give me your wallet, because I want all your money!”

How are they going to react? They will instantly say something like, “Hey, don’t do that! That is wrong! You can’t do that to me!” Then reply back, “But you said there is no such thing as right and wrong.” After their light-bulb goes on you can begin to explain how their “reaction” is universal for all people, at all times, anywhere, because there really is such a thing as right and wrong, and it MUST come from God. Objective moral truth, objective moral values, moral duties, and moral accountability all point us directly to the fact that God exists.

God is the highest Good. God’s Ten Commandments flow from His Holy moral nature. On that foundation we can affirm the objective rightness of love, generosity, self sacrifice, and equality, while condemning as objectively wrong selfishness, hatred, abuse, discrimination, and oppression.

Think about it, Adolf Hitler liked murdering people, and Mother Teresa liked helping them. But unless there is a standard beyond Adolf Hitler and Mother Teresa, then no one is really morally right or wrong about anything, since it would only be a matter of personal opinion. Besides that, if we are not going to be held morally accountable for our actions in this life, it would make no difference whatsoever if a person lived their life as a Adolf Hitler or a Mother Teresa. Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky rightly said: “If there is no immortality, then all things are permitted.” The atheistic state torturers in the Soviet gulags understood this point all too well. Romanian Christian dissident Richard Wurmbrand reported:

The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe when man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil. There is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil which is in man. The Communist torturers often said, ‘There is no God, no hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.” I have heard one torturer even say, ‘I thank God, in whom I don’t believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.’ He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflected on prisoners.” – Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1967), p. 34.

Christian philosopher William Lane Craig makes the logical argument this way:

1) If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.
2) Objective moral values do exist.

3) Therefore, God exists.

The conclusion (3) that God exists follows logically from premise (1) and (2) by the rule of inference called modus tollens.

Some might say, “Well, that may be morally true for our culture, but not for theirs.” But no, that cannot be true because moral truth is never “created” by a culture, or by the majority, or by an individual, or even by government legislation. For example, it was completely legal in NAZI Germany to murder Jews. But, that doesn’t change the fact that what the NAZI’s did to the Jews was wrong.

God’s Law never changes, because God never changes. All moral truth reflects the person, character, and nature of God. It shows us what our eternal Heavenly Father is like and what he desires for us, as well as from us. To rehash a bit from What is Truth?:

Why is it wrong to murder? There is no fidelity to the original. God is Life. He is the source and giver of life. Murder goes against the person, character, and nature of God.

Why are we to be pure? Fidelity to the original. God is Pure.

Why is justice right. Because God is Just.

Why is it wrong to lie? God is Truth.

Why is it wrong to hate? No fidelity to the original. God is Love!

Anything we do that goes against the person, character, and nature of God is wrong – like homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:8-10). Anything that we do that has fidelity to the person, character, and nature of God is righteous – like joining in holy matrimony as defined by God (Genesis 2:18,21-24). Moral truths are exactly like all other truths. They are universal, exclusive, and revealed. They apply to everyone, regardless of what anyone personally believes.

I want to demonstrate one more method we can use to quickly reveal “objective moral truth” to people. Remember, this should be the done “before” we as Christians share our opinions on morality and start saying things like: “I believe doing _____ and _____ is a sin and detrimental to society.” If we don’t, the pagans will just go bananas and grab their pointy spears.

When Kirk Cameron was interviewed on CNN, Piers Morgan knew exactly what he was doing. If you watch the interview you will see that Kirk Cameron instantly recognized that he’d been suckered, but didn’t know quite what to do. Below, is a hypothetical transcript showing how Kirk Cameron could have responded. Remember Piers Morgan is playing for keeps and wants to argue and cause trouble, Kirk Cameron knows it, yet wants to engage the culture and get them to “think” about the true nature of morality without people mindlessly becoming angry. He needs to create a “reaction” and avoid arguing. The simplest way to do that is to set a booby trap of his own for Mr. Morgan. As someone wisely said:  “The best defense is a good offense.” Here goes:

MORGAN: Mr, Cameron, if I asked you, for example, what your view of gay marriage is, what would you say?

CAMERON: I would be happy to explain my views on morality, but first may I ask you a question?

MORGAN: Sure.

CAMERON: Do you believe in objective moral truth? What I mean is, that some things are always wrong and some things are always right – at any time, by anyone, anywhere.

MORGAN: Well, no… I guess I don’t. You see I believe that the culture defines morality by the…

CAMERON: Hold on. Are you trying to tell me for instance, that somebody who rapes women and tortures babies for FUN could be morally justified in doing such acts?

MORGAN: Well, it depends on the culture and how they…

CAMERON: YOU ARE SICK!!!! Seriously, you need professional help! Torturing babies for FUN!?  Are you kidding me?!

MORGAN: Uh.. Well, uh… Time for a commercial break. We’ll be right back.

Now, guess who most Americans would agree with this time around? Yeah, Kirk Cameron! Almost everyone “knows” that raping women and torturing babies is ALWAYS wrong. Kirk Cameron has in effect turned the tables, and gotten to the heart of the “real” problem in America – that “morality” is truly objective and not subjective like ice cream. After the commercial break, if Mr. Morgan needs another demonstration, Kirk Cameron could do the “Give me your wallet routine.” Then he could explain and demonstrate how all moral truth reflects the person, character, and nature of God, and how we are accountable to Him. Only, after an audience starts to grasp this truth, can a hot politically correct supercharged topic like gay marriage be successfully discussed.

A great place to engage the culture and explain objective moral truth to strangers is in a long checkout line.  Ask a person in line, “Do you believe in objective moral truth — that some things are always right and some things are always wrong?” If they answer “no” then reply, “I’m glad.” Smile and then cut in line, right in front of them. I promise, that will instantly cause an objective “reaction” every single time. God’s moral Law has already been written on every human heart, the hard part is getting people to take the time to reflect upon this wonderful “self-evident” truth.

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.”Psalm 119:142-143

.

Have a blessed day!

.

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2012-3-17 Category: Truth and Logic