The Culture War

February 7, 2014

The Culture War

            The Random House Dictionary of the English Language says that culture is “the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.”  Culture also includes ways of thinking and attitudes.  Our way of thinking has a profound impact on the way we live.

All of us are products of our culture.  It is a part of us.  We can’t avoid it.  We need to be aware of what is good and bad in our culture.  We need to know how to defend ourselves from the evil in our culture.  We need to do what we can to improve our culture.  Many are drifting on the sea of culture.  They are carried along wherever the waves of their thoughts or the whims of those around them take them.  For that reason, we need to have convictions to control our thoughts and passions.  They serve as an anchor.

Cultures don’t remain stable.  They can improve or degenerate.  It is obvious that ours is in a state of degeneration.  Our culture is crippled by things that drag us down instead of lifting us up.

There are always people who deliberately or unconsciously tear down their culture.  There are also those who endeavor to improve it.  That’s why we are in a culture war.  In our day it is obvious that those who are endeavoring to tear down our culture are more numerous and influential than those who are seeking to build it up.

That which is detrimental to good culture

A deliberate attempt to destroy Christianity

Christianity is conducive to righteousness.  Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Righteousness means right living.  Christianity is under attack. “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,    Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us” (Psalm 2:2-3).  God’s people need to be more aggressive in living the Christian life and in propagating the message of salvation.  “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:1-2).  (See “The War on Biblical Christianity” under Various Themes)

Entertainment

Not all entertainment is bad, but most of it doesn’t make a significant contribution to virtue.  Much of it is destructive to culture.  Movies, music, and many social activities promote a sinful life style.  Television and electronic games keep our children entertained, but much of it also corrupts their minds.

Addictions

In the past, alcohol was the chief cause of addiction.  Many more addictions now threaten us.  Many are being enslaved by drugs; both illegal and pharmaceutical. (See article “The Impact of Drugs on our culture” under various themes)  The mentality of many young people is being twisted by violent electronic games.  Most often school shootings can be traced to a mind that has been corrupted by these games.

Social unrest

There are those who seek to promote racial unrest, called “racism”. The color of our skin doesn’t make us superior or inferior to others.  There will not be harmony and mutual acceptance in a culture if there is racial animosity.

Defective education

A culture can’t help but deteriorate when the level of education deteriorates.  American children continue to fall behind when their level of education is compared to that of children in other countries.  We ought to be alarmed, and ask ourselves what we are doing wrong.  It’s easy to throw the blame on our schools.  In part, they are to blame, but the parents are also to blame.  Schools need to work together with the parents and seek their help in the education of children.  Parents have been told that they shouldn’t discipline their children.  The result is that children come to school with no respect for authority.  I have been told by kindergarten teachers that some children haven’t been taught to accept “no.” If they don’t get their way in school they kick the teacher, scream or throw a temper tantrum.  Children won’t succeed in school if their parents haven’t done their part.  Doing their homework needs to have priority over watching television or playing games.  Poorly educated children find it hard to read.  If they don’t read their education is stagnated.  When they reach maturity they have little to offer on the job market.  They aren’t capable of contributing anything to the betterment of our culture.

It is hard to rescue a culture in decline.  Politicians often take advantage of the poorly educated and uninformed.  Corrupt businessmen are quick to sell immoral people what they want, not what is best for them.

Will you be enlisted as a volunteer in the army of those who are fighting to make the culture of our country better?

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