Modern Morality and Vice

The greatest joy of my life after my wedding to my wonderful wife and blogangel Sandy was the birth of my beloved son Timothy. Sandy and I planned having him very well, enjoying several years of one another’ s company until he was born. 

I laughed with delight when it happened at 7:22 p.m., April 22, 1994.  Sandy and I watched T.V. news before the nurses rolled in with all of the birthing equipment-Nixon had just died.

Back then, who could have predicted a world in which internationally renowned philosophers, bio-ethicists, and other notable people in positions of influence such as lawmakers would even consider what we are seeing today:

My work is based on the assumption that clarity and consistency in our moral thinking is likely, in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues. Peter Singer

Some of Singer’s “better” views on ethical issues include:

  1. Physician-assisted homicide of profoundly disabled adults, and infants. In the infant’s case the original proposal was for the parents to legally kill their child anytime in the first month, if they felt that the baby’s development was hopeless and would be too much for them to take care of. Some proponents have publicly announced that the first year of the infant’s life should be fair game.
  2. Bestiality and pedophilia with no “moral taboos” being recognized in his world view. He has as much said that morality has no place in his view of the world.

Dr. Joel Marks,  of the University of New Haven, a philosopher like Singer, made this statement in a document entitled An Amoral Manifesto:

There are no literal sins in the world because there is no literal God…nothing is literally right or wrong because there is no Morality…yet we human beings can still discover plenty of completely naturally explainable resources for motivating certain preferences.

These “preferences” (in my trade we call them crimes) were made public in a conference last month in Baltimore called B4U-ACT in which the official brochure said:

“This day long symposium will facilitate the exchange of ideas among researchers, scholars, mental health practitioners, and minor-attracted persons who have an interest in critical issues surrounding the entry for pedophilia in the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.”

Well educated, erudite, widely recognized smart folks made comments like these:

Dr. John Money of Johns Hopkins University proclaims: “If I were to see the case of a boy aged ten or twelve who’s intensely erotically attracted toward a man in his twenties or thirties, if the relationship is genuinely totally mutual, and the bonding is genuinely totally mutual…then I would not call it pathological in any way.” 

Some of you may be saying something like, “Impossible! This could never get mainstream attention, could it?”

Here’s news for you-it already has and many of this country’s best and brightest are getting their educations from people like these already. Some of you parents out there are slavishly putting out hard earned dollars for college educations that include “ethics” courses that include readings from these men. Not only possible, but accomplished, and you probably were never aware of it.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.  2 Timothy 3:1-5

Think about this a moment.  These people have made it wholly acceptable to end the lives of those weakest and least able to speak for themselves, have sex with them, as long as they feel good about it or it makes life more bearable for themselves. If you don’t think this a monstrous and barbaric miscarriage of His perfect plan for humanity talk to someone whose moral compass is operating well!

Maybe my beloved wife and I were overly protective, but I think it is no vice to look after my son and warn him, now that he is on the verge of adulthood, of the dreadful thinking that is pervasive in the world today. All parents should do likewise with vehemence.

In your heart of hearts or your gut instincts you know this cannot be allowed to gain momentum but it will if good people don’t speak up. Like Edmund Burke said:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Scripture reminds me in this regard:

 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;  that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,  not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5


For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Once again we come to the question, which we all must answer because time is short: Knowing these things, what will you do?


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