July 7, 2014 by Isaac Hovet
Culture Sex change. You’ve heard of climate change. The atmosphere is heating up because of the bad habits of mankind. (Supposedly)
How about culture sex change?
Have you noticed that our culture is different than it was 20 years ago? What is different? Values. What success is? How we talk?
But, perhaps the biggest change: Our sexual moral compass.
If you’re a Christian, you’ve noticed significant changes. What is happening? Why?
Those are really big questions—let me sum up for you in very broad brush strokes.
Christianity was at its absolute best when it wasn’t yet the official religion of Rome.
The Judeo-Christian worldview of a love-based sexuality that had place only in the confines of marriage was revolutionary.
Constantine made Christianity the official religion in about 313 AD
Since that time the Judeo-Christian worldview in the west (what is right, what is wrong, what is orthodox, etc) has been a standard, a given, the majority world-veiw. Of course not everyone adhered to it, but the norms, the preferred, the “right” was pretty clear.
There have obviously been deviations, but by and large people believed: There’s a God. There’s right. There’s wrong. The Bible helps us discover that.
The enlightenment, democracy and the printing press changed the way Western minds work.
Because of advances in science, people have come to innately believe that their wits (reason and opinion) are superior to that of a sacred text or even a person holding office or position. This human based reasoning (as opposed to a Revealed Truth) gradually led to a re-evaluation and investigation of all things previously believed as truth. Much of that discovery has been helpful.
But, morality—which has never been built by laws first, only defended by laws—has been subjugated to the same scientific scrutiny. Since morality (that we are born with) cannot be reduced to its individual parts without the cohering epoxy of a (non-existent) Just God, we’ve decided to subjectively declare what is right and what is wrong in our own eyes. The sum result: illogical and ill-advised views on right and wrong.
Although the foundation of these changes have been existent in Western culture for a century, the recent technological boom has expedited our change. The proverbial rug has indeed been pulled out from under the Christian.
And so, the revolutionary sexual ethic of the Judeo-Christian Worldview has become minority again.
Sounds like we could become revolutionary again.