Fifty years ago, families gathered around a black and white television set, enjoying the situation comedy, “Leave it to Beaver.” The show focused on Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his adventures. According to Wikipedia,
“In a typical episode, Beaver got into some sort of trouble, then faced his parents for reprimand and correction.”
Regularly, viewers sat as flies on the wall, watching as Ward and June Cleaver debated their approach to child rearing and how Beaver’s punishment would be meted out. All in all, America heralded the Cleavers as a model family. Leave it to Beaver landed on Time’s magazine list of “The 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.”
As a child I loved re-runs of this hit series. In fact, I cut my “television” teeth on re-runs of Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, My Three Sons, and Andy Griffith. Adjectives like “wholesome,” “family friendly,” and “Virtuous” describe these iconic television shows. These shows triggered laughter and taught a valuable moral lesson at the same time. My parents never needed to turn off the set because of profanity, gratuitous sex, or violence. Try finding shows like that today. Other than Duck Dynasty, not many other shows come readily to mind.
As I type, I’m thinking of the Cleaver bedroom scenes…Ward and June climbing into separate full-size beds before turning the light off for the night. Whew! We’ve come a long way baby!
Television shows today seldom celebrate a happily married heterosexual couple, instead we find producers championing shacking up, adulterous relationships, and homosexual liaisons. These Hollywood elitists argue they’re just mirroring the culture. Recently, Miley Cyrus “twerked” her way into the news. Her gyrations at the MTV VMA’s, better suited for a gentleman’s club, ignited discussion about this once wholesome Hannah Montana gone wild. Though some parents expressed outrage, many fans of Miley stood by her side….and continue to do so. On the day after her salacious performance she tweeted,
“Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact“
Currently, 17.1 million people follow her on Twitter, up 4 million since the VMA’s. Instead of efforts to boycott her music and lifestyle, we live in a culture more than ready to embrace her bawdy antics.
So, how does this relate to the Clinton’s?
Most people know of President Clinton’s sordid “indiscretions”, but will that dissuade an up and coming culture of Miley enthusiasts from voting for Hillary to reside in the White House? Does it matter that the First Gentleman may turn the Lincoln Bedroom into a brothel of sorts? Where has dignity for the Office gone? More importantly, where has America’s conscience fled? Our Country resembles the crippled Titanic moments before submerging to a watery grave. As passengers of the doomed vessel boarded the lifeboats, survivors reported hearing a stringed ensemble playing “Nearer My God to Thee.”
Fast forward to the present. We proudly pledge our Country’s flag with the words, “one nation, under God….” yet we pay homage to those who press the “moral” envelope. Contrary to popular opinion, character matters. Integrity matters. Morals matter. Just ask the One to whom we recognize in our Nation’s Pledge of Allegiance. President Abraham Lincoln said,
‘Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my
greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.’
Many in America desire for our “Ship” to be righted again. But first, we must turn to God. II Chronicles 7:14 says,
“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
It’s time that Christians strip off the apathy and stop asking Hillary’s oft-quoted statement,
“What Difference Does It Make?”
Turning to God, makes a whale of a difference…Just ask Jonah.