At 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, I carve out a thirty minute lunch break to eat a sandwich and watch one of the greatest shows of all time…Andy Griffith. I don’t care for the newer, colorized shows featuring Warren instead of Barney. No, I love watching the old black and white episodes and laughing at the antics of Andy and Barney. I’ve introduced this classic television to my kids and they also enjoy it. The Andy Griffith show tickles the funny bone and often weaves a valuable moral lesson amidst the laughs. When the show’s on and my kids are watching, I can leave the room and not worry about my children’s eyes or ears being assaulted by raunchy images or vile language. The episodes clearly point out the evils of lying and gossip and the importance of loyalty and obeying the “Golden Rule.” Not only were the early shows filmed in black and white, but the morals were taught in definite shades of black and white…No gray areas to confuse the young and the young at heart.
We no longer live in a black and white world.
Our culture preaches a doctrine referred to as “moral relativism.” In other words, what might not be right for you may be right for me…and vice versa. Our society has shoved moral absolutes from the public sphere and replaced them with moral ambiguities. Behaviors and lifestyles once deemed universally sinful are now championed in sitcoms like “Modern Family.” Fifty years ago, Andy Griffith implied to a gathering of men that if there were no women around, man wouldn’t be able to enjoy a married life. Today, that statement would be met with outrage and the perpetrator of the verbal insensitivity would be harassed until he apologized. Somewhere between Myer’s Lake and 21st century America, we’ve lost our moral compass.
Maybe it started in the 1960’s during the reign of free love and hallucinogenic drugs. Maybe it started when one woman’s hatred for God precipitated the eventual ousting of prayer from the public schools. Maybe it started when the highest court in the land found a woman’s right to abortion to be scrawled in the Constitution of the United States. Or maybe it started earlier, much earlier, when the Enemy promised godhood to humanity for a forbidden bite of tantalizing fruit.
And therein lies the problem today. We desire to be gods, creating our own lists of do’s and don’ts, disregarding and ignoring the truths of the Bible. If God’s “Thou shalt nots” cramp our style or our own adopted morals and values, we toss them aside, explaining the Bible’s out of touch with 21st century crowds. Sadly, we forget that even though people might “evolve” on morals, God does not.
It’s interesting to note that the Andy Griffith show is set in Mayberry, North Carolina. Neighborly, upstanding, and God-fearing would be a few of the adjectives to describe its population. Today, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert appearance in North Carolina because a law passed requiring men and women to use their own restrooms. Can you imagine the outrage in Mayberry if a man trotted into a woman’s bathroom? Andy and Barney would haul him off to jail and seek to find the individual help. Finding that person help today is deemed insensitive and bigoted.
“Let people be who they want to be, ” they cry.
How about being the person God created him to be? Novel idea, huh?
Well, not a novel. It’s a Bible idea.
I don’t believe the future of America hinges on this next Presidential election. I believe it hinges upon the actions of Christian people. Throughout the last few decades, we’ve failed to protest the leftist turn of our Country for fear of being labeled intolerant. But it’s that silence which allows the voices of aberrant behavior to dominate the conversation and to hijack the culture. No, we cannot remain silent. We must teach our children right and wrong, black and white values without cracks and crevices for the “But what ifs…”
But where do we begin? There’s one step we must take before jumping into the cultural fray. It’s found in II Chronicles 7:14,
“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, forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
I challenge you to personal revival, then to join the people of God in battling for the soul of America. And if our Country chooses to vote for a “Third Obama” term and drive a stake through the heart of America, then keep your eyes fastened on the Eastern sky, for surely Jesus’ return is soon.
“Come quickly Lord Jesus.”