A Mixed Up Society

W. Terry Varner
September 20, 2015

Society is a mess. Perhaps, we can describe our society as living in chaos. It is scary when we contemplate society in which we live.

Civil government is ordained of God to which all men are subject in order that good and safety may prevail and evil may be controlled (Rom. 13:1-3). As such civil government is for our good; i.e. for ail citizens. This creates a societal setting in which peace and security can be practiced and enjoyed (Rom. 13:4-7).

During the Judges, society in Israel is described by the words, “but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25). That was the society in Israel. It was pure chaos. It is not what we want to happen, nor how we want to live, yet it seems to be happening to America as well as throughout the world.

Some Moral Inconsistencies and Consequences. If we look at our government and our society we find ourselves subject to many moral inconsistencies. Consider: Why do we pass laws to protect a shed feather from a bald eagle, yet declare open season on pre-horn babies? Why has our judicial system forbidden any display observing the birth or death of Jesus on government property, while our tax money is spent to subsidize vulgar, blasphemous, and sacrilegious art such as a floating crucifix in a bottle of urine displayed by Robert Mapplethorpe? Why do certain media and political watchdogs quickly scream censorship in defending pornography but are silent concerning the censoring the most important book in the world—the Bible?

Morality prevails when we recognize the standard of moral authority. We must return to the necessary concepts of “ought” and “ought not.” If we lose these concepts, then the consequences are tremendous. If an act is morally and ethically wrong; that is it “ought not” be committed, it is because there is a reason it should not be committed. Without punishment for breaking the law, a law has no validity. Likewise, moral concepts lack power without consequences. God told Israel, “I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: A blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God . . . . And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God” (Deut. 11:26-28).

The consequences of violating God’s moral principles are abundant. Drunkenness often destroys personal health, families, and causes accidents. Sexual promiscuity has various consequences; e.g. AIDS, other social diseases, broken homes, unwanted pregnancies, and family responsibilities. Rioters who destroy businesses, homes, and parts of our cities often suffer no consequences because they are not arrested; however, the business owners, home owners, and cities and their administrations suffer many consequences. Shooting policemen when they attempt to enforce the law destroys lives, homes, dreams, careers, etc. In any profession there are those who are good and who are bad. Morally and ethically there are good and bad politicians, good and bad teachers, good and bad preachers, good and bad policemen, good and bad husbands and wives, good and bad business owners, etc.

Some Causes of Moral Inconsistencies. There are several causes to the breakdown of morality in society. At the very core of immorality is unbelief in God and the belief that man is wise enough to direct his steps (ci. Jer. 10:23). When we deny God and our accountability to Him, we admit the consequences of immorality are not important. Modern philosophy, driven by their rejection of God, has the only standard to guide man is their gratification of the desires of self. Society suffers and nations suffer to say nothing of the impact on individuals and family.

Man, in general, has long forgotten the eternal consequences of his immorality. Too many live in a temporal world where their desires, ambition, personal satisfaction take precedent. A coming judgment by God is seemingly forgotten. Paul tried to impressed on Felix “the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). The judgment will be by God who possesses both goodness and severity (Rom. 11:22). This ought to cause anyone who is unprepared to “prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). There is no escape.