Over a half a century ago, General Omar Bradley said, “We know more about war than about peace. We know more about killing than about living. This is our 20th Century’s claim to progress—knowledge of science outstrips capacity for control. We have too many men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We are a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”
Ethical infants who have no conscience and who are devoid of wisdom; does that describe our culture today? I think it does. Our culture is such that most people live today in a moral haze. I believe that haze is thicker than when General Bradley first made his observation. As followers of Christ, however, we have an obligation to become people of integrity and character.
We don’t hear much about either of those things in popular culture today. Turn to your average sit-come or movie and you’ll most likely be filling your mind with vulgar notions of marriage and family. You’ll be introduced to profanity, sex and violence that in earlier times would have simply been unthinkable, let alone considered appropriate for mass consumption. You’ll be not so subtly influenced to see people of integrity as backwards and men of character as fundamental oafs who are worthy only of mockery and contempt.
We must guard ourselves. It’s easy to become influence by the godless culture around us on the one hand; and, at the bare minimum to be desensitized to the moral pollution being offered on the other hand.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the springs of life.” And Proverbs 25:26 says, “A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.”
We must never forget that Jesus taught the kingdom of God is about righteousness. But righteousness takes intentional effort. Every day we have to make a choice. We either allow ourselves to be guided by the world and its current godless values, or we choose to follow Christ. If we choose to follow Christ we will discover that we must be ever alert and diligent in our efforts.
One of the best ways to battle the world’s influence is to turn off the TV and open your bible. Too many people know more about a current TV series than they do about even one particular book in the bible. But the bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov 23:7). Let’s fill our hearts with the wisdom and truth of God’s Word.
God loves you and desires for you to experience the joy and beauty that is yours in Christ. And He went to great lengths that we might have His righteousness: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).