By Contributing Writer, Bambi Moore
We’ve been witnessing the crumbling of the Christian family for decades but are now observing the landslide. Society is no longer content to ignore the sanctity of marriage or blur the roles of Biblical manhood and womanhood—now it attacks with a vengeance.
Over half of all marriages end in divorce, including those among Christians. Many men are abdicating their positions as that of provider, protector and spiritual leader. Women have now taken on that role. Same sex marriage is now allowed in eight states. Abortion has reached an all-time high: the death of the unborn has risen to twice the amount of holocaust victims of World War 2.
As terrible as all this sounds, Believers must brace themselves, because the onslaught against the Christian family is only escalating. Could it be possible that in the near future, Christians, who uphold the Biblical definition of marriage and family, will be consigned to the same moral category as white-supremacy groups, and any effort that opposes homosexuality will be labeled as hate speech?
Could it be possible that this blog post will one day be removed due to a violation of law? The war against the family–and our children who will one day be fighting in it, is intensifying.
A key player in this war is Hollywood.
Whenever Hollywood depicts a family, whether it be a movie, a sitcom or television drama, it paints a picture of a dysfunctional unit. There is often an absence of male authority and sometimes no authority at all, creating an “anything goes” scenario. Dad is non-existent, but so is mom. She is off working—either at her job outside the home, or on an adulterous affair. Many television shows have made a mockery of marital fidelity as well as a healthy family. It’s the stuff American entertainment is made of, and we eat it up.
And why do these portrayals of the Christian family now dominate the big screen, when once they were so rare? Because they are an accurate reflection of our fallen culture.
Commenting on the epidemic loss of morality in our society, Bible teacher and pastor Dr. John MacArthur writes:
“Casual sex is expected. Divorce is epidemic. Marriage itself is in decline, as multitudes of men and women have decided it’s preferable to live together without making a covenant or formally constituting a family. Abortion is a worldwide plague. Juvenile delinquency is rampant, and many parents have deliberately abandoned their roles of authority in the family. On the other hand, child abuse in many forms is escalating.”
For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)
Hollywood just gives us what we want. They supply what we demand: corruption.
I think of Lot and how he “pitched his tent as far as Sodom,” (Gen. 13:12) even though ”the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.” Yet the next time God tells us about Lot, he’s one of the leading citizens! He calls the inhabitants “his brothers,” and marries and raises two daughters in that pagan environment.
When the Lord sent two angels to rescue him, the inhabitants of the land sought to assault them sexually. His sons-in-law mocked him when he fled with his wife and daughters, and his wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she longed to go back to the wicked city. Apparently, the folks in Sodom didn’t pay much attention to Lot’s discussions about God.
But thank God for grace! Because after all this, the Bible tells us that Lot was a righteous man. In 2 Peter we get this:
and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
We can be thankful that Lot was still counted righteous. We can also look to him as an example of how easily the world can pollute a righteous mind. How strong the pull of wickedness is.
Not that we can blame Hollywood and TV for all of society’s ills–they are merely reflecting the ideology of the age. That’s why the idea of being accepted by a culture at odds with biblical Christianity is not realistic. This isn’t even our home; we’re just pilgrims passing through a barren land. We are the ones who have what they, the culture, need. So how do we prepare our children to live here in this temporary dwelling?
Many of us are still trying to figure that out for ourselves.
Dr. Voddie Baucham, in his book, The Ever-Loving Truth gives some helpful words:
Cultural apologists usually advocate one of three approaches to the issues that are currently redefining the culture in which we live. Either we can be isolated from our culture, immersed in our culture, or insulated in the midst of our culture. Each of these approaches can be illustrated by a diver’s relationship to the water. The diver who jumps in without gear represents immersion. The diver with a wet suit and scuba gear represents insulation—in the water but protected from and unaffected by it. A man on the shore who refuses to dive into the water represents isolation.
…I am not however, asking you choose between insulation, isolation and immersion. I don’t find any of these solutions totally sufficient. I believe that we should infiltrate and invade the culture. To infiltrate means to enter enemy territory without being detected. To invade means to enter by force in order to conquer. I believe the task at hand requires both.
…we must get our hands dirty in people’s lives like those committed to immersion; keep the lines clearly drawn like the isolationist; all the while exemplifying the balance of the insulation approach.
Struggle and conflict are inevitable. Will we purpose to transfer our faith to the next generation, doing all it takes to prepare them to “infiltrate and invade?” Will we stay on our faces before the throne of grace begging the Lord to use our feeble efforts?
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:16
May He make the seed of the righteous to flourish.