Fractured Faith: America and Moral Bankruptcy


Once upon a time, the United States believed in a certain code of morals. Regardless of a person's specific beliefs, there was a universal expectation that Americans were to behave according to a particular standard, a standard that ensured prosperity and peace for all.

Edicts like "love thy neighbor" and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" were commonly known. The test of leadership- real, enduring leadership- was not how charismatic or arresting a personality was, but how strongly their moral compass guided them.

While America protects a person's right to worship however or whomever they choose (or the choice not to worship at all), our historical acknowledgment of Judeo-Christian principles influenced much of our culture and values. Even non-Christians accepted the basics, like honesty, respect for one's elders, and staying true to your principles and beliefs.

Without these kinds of things, a country and society can't really thrive. While we need to embrace the diversity of ideas, a sound foundation of morality and the acknowledgment of a high power are tantamount to Western society. Even if an individual chooses not to believe in God, acceptance of a few universal morals is required. And you cannot escape the reality that the United States was founded by people who believed in the Bible.

For some reason, modern counter-culture and progressivism seems to go hand-in-hand with a lack of religious faith. Maybe it's because liberals, for generations, tried to shirk traditions they considered shackles on their lifestyles. They didn't hate all spirituality though, just the kind that required commitment to a moral framework.

During the 1960's and 70's, you saw the counter-culture movement shy away from the church, God, and the Bible- common staples of American ways of life- yet they embraced whole-heartedly the mystic practices of Eastern religions. Was it because these ways were somehow better, or because they were just different from the values of their parents?

Regardless, it seems like that generation, while rejecting the moral foundations of their forefathers, still held to a vague sense of right and wrong. Free love gets you some goodness, at least for a little while (I certainly wouldn't have wanted to hang around the hippies once that Summer of Love vibe ended and the Charles Mansons took over). But today, thanks to the poor precedent set by their parents, modern progressives seem to lack even this basic sense of morality.

I grew up in the 90's, and it was clear that popular culture, media, and all forms of entertainment were promoting a generally amoral lifestyle. While it's true that teenagers especially love to rebel, this vein of godlessness was prevalent throughout all of culture, not just among kids. While in the past it was common to see TV shows where the characters prayed and went to church, that would have been completely alien by the time I came around.

I mean, we had Seventh Heaven, but who was watching that? (And a show like that was particularly rare. When did you ever see Seinfeld or the cast of Friends thank God for their meals?)

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