While looking around for new material to blog about, this jumped out at me. If it had been a snake, it would have bitten me. I couldn’t believe my eyes and just stared at it for a few seconds before determining that this would be a worthy topic to ruminate upon.
I’m often surprised by the things that are occurring in our world. Some will say that things have always been this way; it’s just that these scandalous tidbits were whispered about and kept from the public eye, or that the internet has brought them out into the light and we’re discussing them more openly. Perhaps this is true, or perhaps not.
It seems as if something is different these days, compared to how things used to be. It’s almost as if we’ve returned to the mentality of the 70’s and the “if it feels good, do it” of the laid-back hippies of those times. This was hedonism at its finest, without fear of the consequences. The boomers learned the tough truths of what can happen due to this kind of immorality, though, and some of us paid for our hedonistic pursuits the hard way.
We’re on a strangely different path now, in my opinion. There is something more sinister about traveling down this road. Never before has anything been so “flagrant,” is what I would call this difference. At least in the 70’s, we were aware we were breaking taboos, but we were rebellious and doing it for a good cause. The mood and feeling of today is more of a “just don’t care anymore,” “nothing is sacred,” and reminds me of the attempt to see how low we can go as a society before someone screams “stop!” It’s infected everything around us, which is something else that is strange.
At any rate, let’s have a look at the ad:
“Life is short…Have an affair. (shhhh).”
This tells us to taste the forbidden, to dare to deceive our spouse, or partner. Just lie, keep quiet, hide what you’re doing through deceiving your significant other — no one will know, no one gets hurt, and there’s no morality standing in your way to even wince about, much less engage in guilt over. It tells us not to worry about the future because life is short; this is all there is. Don’t worry about your eternal soul. There will be no “Judgment Day.” God isn’t there and watching. Live for the now! Who cares who gets hurt? We’ll even help you and make money off your effort! Join us. We’ll help you cheat!
When have we ever seen something so “in our faces” in all its glorified, sexualized encouragement to do wrong?
Is God behind this?
I think we know inwardly that He is not, and that only leaves the other guy. What does he have to gain by encouraging these kinds of immoral, thoughtless, reckless actions?
Well, the American family continues to dwindle. Legal marriage sustains yet another blow to its validity, as does the meaning of the vows we take with one another when we marry. God’s preferred way of having a relationship is mocked and demeaned, and our society’s most respected method of commitment loses more and more respect and legitimacy.
The casual is encouraged and all moral structure is toppled and broken down. There is no more real security for our children within these unions because couples bound are tied by flimsy bonds of nothingness that can be broken frivolously without even a backward glance or thought.
If you cannot see the workings of Satan behind what’s occurring all around us within our beautiful country, perhaps it’s time for a corrective check up in perception. The changes are right in front of our eyes. Some of us see them and are very concerned, and others of us shrug these off nonchalantly, accepting the downward spiral as part of the change and growth of society moving into the future.
Well, allow me to say that we are moving in the wrong direction.
I think this advertisement above makes this more than clear.