We Live in a Civilized Society?

I was reading “Judges: Such A Great Salvation” when I came across an interesting sentence regarding God’s judgment. Davis stated, “We need to beware of thinking that God avenges only when he makes a racket.” (p. 125) It caught my attention because when we consider God’s judgment, we usually think of natural disasters or some other cataclysmic event. We forget that God’s wrath may be poured out slowly over time.

Such is the case in America today. We might surmise that God is exercising a judgment of abandonment with the rise of immorality. We are a culture of death where we kill the unborn and the infirm. We even sanction doctor-assisted suicide as a sort of pre-emptive strike.

We also see all manner of sexual sin from adultery and pornography, to widespread acceptance of homosexuality. The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭24-25‬ ESV) This is the world we live in.

It is apparent that morality is on a downward trajectory and it seems that God is judging America, not with a loud bang (at least not yet), but slowly and methodically where we are ensnared and are not even aware of it.

Or I may be mistaken and the normalization of sin might actually be evidence of an intrepid and virtuous society. A society where somebody’s “choice” trumps the sanctity of life. A society that advocates the wholesale slaughter of unborn babies for reasons that can be as hollow as being inconvenient to being as depraved principled and idealistic as being favorable to the unborn baby because we subjectively decide that being born would infelicitously affect his quality of life. See, eugenics is propitious not only for society at large, but for the aborted child as well.

We have fallen so far that we believe (at least in limited cases at this time) that murder is advantageous to the murderee. Or to use an actual word, a favor had been done for the victim beneficiary.

I must live on another planet because I thought a favor was something good like cutting a little old lady’s lawn without compensation. I suffer from chronic pain and am unable to work, and I anticipate this particular brand of goodwill will expand from terminal patients to other patients with a questionable quality of life. Forgive me if I seem ungracious, but I would like to decline this favor in advance. I wonder if benefits such as these will ever become mandatory.

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4 thoughts on “We Live in a Civilized Society?”

  1. That is a ponder-worthy quote regarding judgment. The first chapter of Romans has held my attention for several years as Paul clearly depicts all of the sins we actively commit as being the result of God leaving us to figuratively stew in our own juices when we develop an ungrateful, dismissive attitude toward Him.

    The wholesale approval of the sin you’ve outlined here fits the biblical pattern, IMO, as it’s probably a (super-)natural consequence of Western civilization’s worship of human intellect, its man-centric pursuit of “knowledge” and subsequent assimilation of humanistic atheism/Darwinism. But again, that’s just a personal opinion…

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    1. Romans 1 really is powerful. On one hand, Paul paraphrases Habakkuk 2:4 in Romans 1:17 with “the righteous shall live by faith.” On the other hand, Paul is describing a type of God’s wrath…the wrath of abandonment. Romans 1:26-32 describes the sins that the reprobate mind seek. Granted, the description is broad enough to include everyone, but God is angry at the wilful sinners. He lifts his hand of protection and turns us over to our sinful desires.

      Look at Genesis 19:4 and Judges 19:22. They are almost identical. Two different cities where homosexuals descended upon a house with strangers because rape burned in their hearts. The first is Sodom, the second is Gibeah (or more appropriately is Davis’ name for Gibeah: New Sodom.

      People are so depraved and enslaved by their sin, they will not even repent after being tormented by an army of locusts with scorpion tails (Revelation 9:20-21). We can debate interpretation, but what remains constant is that it is our nature to cleave to our sin. Sin breeds defiance and without repentance we are lost. I like another quote by Davis that in context was explaining why Israel is still existent. He states, “It can only be because Yahweh’s grace is far more tenacious than his people’s depravity and insists on still holding them fast even in their sinfulness and their stupidity.” (p. 223)

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