Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled
Here is a great article by Trevin Wax regarding the over sexualization of everything in our culture. Well thought out, and truly frightening. We can hope that the prophecy in the piece is wrong and that innocent behaviour will not get sexualized. But what he predicts is hardly sensationalism and it is easy to see how we could get to where he says we are going. Sadly, the article provides no ideas about how Christians can be counter-cultural in the face of such management of the language and arts. It is a difficult prospect if what the article says is true. But Christians should not be pessimistic about such things. And John tells us why.
I John 5:4-5 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Surely, no matter what the issue and no matter how dire the circumstances, we can find hope in the truth of the Scripture even as we work to preserve the culture from itself. I rather like Psalm 11 and its take on things when the world seems to be screaming headlong into self destruction
In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5 The Lord tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.
There are people, like those in the Psalm, who see the horrors of the world and conclude that all is lost. David responds that even when the foundations are destroyed, the Lord is still in His temple. He is not sleeping there and He is working out things to a glorious end. There is no greater incentive to putting great effort into working for the betterment of society than this grand truth that God is on the throne and nothing that we do for Him is in vain. The culture we live in is indeed heading toward a cliff far worse than the fiscal one that has the world’s attention. God has put His people here to be salt and light. Even in the face of what Mr. Wax’s article is about, we can look into tomorrow with great hope. And we can look up for great help.