by: Lance Cordle

We all know the scientific principle of tributaries: that rivers and streams flow into and feed larger bodies of water.  The water and anything in it, empty into and eventually become part of the mainstream.  It is for this reason that many are concerned about water supplies when it comes to terrorist threats.

The same principle can be seen in social issues and behavior.  Especially regarding ungodly behavior, one can see a steady progression of acceptance and tolerance.  Many people can remember when behavior such as that below was seen, by society in general, as unacceptable, and was labeled, “vice.”  Not all were illegal, but these activities were still seen as socially unacceptable.  Notice the following and think of the way they are now viewed in society: *adultery   *fornication   *prostitution   *pornography   *homosexuality *abortion   *gambling   *night-clubbing   *drinking of alcohol   *drugs!

In the 1960’s, rebellion against “the system” began to be in vogue.  Though social rebels were on the “fringe,” and had limited influence, they succeeded in one main thing they waited for mainstreaming to occur.  Through popular music, movies, books and television, their persistent marketing of their message finally paid off.  Words and actions that world have made most of us blush just ten to twenty years ago, if we spoke of them in public company, are now routine fare on television and other media.

You also need to be aware of the current agenda: it is no longer enough for these activities to be accepted by the mainstream, but now, mainstream approval is sought.  With the popularity of celebrity adultery and fornication, and the depiction of such in movies, those who object to such behavior are now quickly labeled, “prudes.”  Homosexuality is being equated with skin color and ethnicity, even though the fact is clear that they are not the same.

You can not change the color of your skin or where you were born, but you can change your behavior.  With the private access that the internet provides, pornography is viewed by many people.  States are legalizing drugs and some municipalities are considering legalizing prostitution.  Will pressure to approve continue to mount?  I think we all know the answer to that is yes.

We cannot control the thoughts and actions of other people, but we can control ourselves, and thus influence others.  We can also take stands to limit the influence of these social behaviors on our family and community.  Let us all remember and heed the advice of:

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

–Adapted from the: Northside church of Christ bulletin.

My SOURCE: The Pilot Oak Flier, from Water Valley, KY.