Good Evil and Evil Good
My aunt spent virtually all her adult life on the mission field far away. Once when talking with her I heard her say that one thing appalled her, one thing startled her more than any other when she retired back to the states. It was the degree to which people's views of sexual morality had changed so completely in the West during her absence. She wasn't a shocked prim, religious prude. She was an astonished, well-informed, reasonably and conventionally moral person who had spent decades in a third world country.
It startles me too. Each time I try to watch a modern movie or read virtually any book, I am forcefully struck with how strangely and thoroughly morality has become reversed. In less than a generation, mostly thanks to media such as television and movies, and due to what no one denies at this late a stage is a concerted effort by many of society's most powerful influencers, what was once considered evil is now judged as good, and the goodness that was for thousands of years taken for granted is now deemed evil.
Sex is incredibly, inexplicably, and universally taken for granted to be a part of today's social life, an inherent part of dating, as normal a topic for conversation as any chit chat, and as simply one of many elements of social interaction. This astounds me. Where once unmarried sex was taboo amidst a huge universal backdrop of normal restraint, now the norm is sex for any reason at any time, with nary a thought otherwise, and indeed to oppose this ethic is now oddly taboo. For eons society saw keeping your pants on as simply the right thing, never mind religious conviction. Now suddenly society says fornication is recreation, a right, a biological necessity, and any thought counter to that is by definition that of a religious zealot. The perverse has become the norm, and the norm is now perverse.
Until quite recently and irrespective of any influence other than the standards of society itself, all the world had these convictions; they were taken for granted; they were a universal social treasure that was zealously guarded in every civilized society. True, they probably came originally from the Bible, but most people were not aware of that, and the fact is they were practiced not only by those who believed in the God of the Bible but by virtually everyone regardless of religious conviction. To disregard this is to rewrite the history of society. How vastly and utterly complete has been this reversal, this sea change, this paradigm shift! Brave new world indeed!
The Bible says that it is a curse for a society to call evil things good and good things evil. We should be ashamed. We should be terrified. We should be astonished; stupified at the change that has taken place. In us. The change has been to our very selves. Whether we championed this new morality or simply endorse it with our choices of reading and viewing material, our choices in countless areas, we are guilty. We are the ones who ordered this vision of the world. We are the guilty ones. We are irretrievably inured to what used to make us desparately ashamed.
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)