Our Changing Values

There has been more technological advancement in the last twenty years than there has been the prior 10,000. This has created radical changes in the way we live and the world we see. We have more information at our disposal than ever before.

Television has made a major impact on our society. Most families build their living rooms around it. Automobiles, cell phones, pagers, palm computers and the World Wide Web have connected us all more than ever before.

Information that used to be limited to a handful of scholars is now available to anybody who wants to learn. Better information has come to light through archeological digs and other methods. Medical advances help extend life spans and the quality of life. 

A cultural blending continues unabated as more people visit our country and immigrate across our borders. World trade exposes us to a variety of behaviors that wouldn't be considered acceptable 200 years ago.

Who's to say what's ok? Our laws provide some limiting influence. Or do they? We have drug laws, driving laws, advertising laws, and all sorts of other laws, but do those define the accepted scope of societal behavior, or are they merely financial impediments designed to bolster the budgets of our civic institutions?

Television programming continually pushes the envelope of acceptable sex and violence standards. The World Wide Web can beam an uncensored flow of entertainment directly into your home at nominal cost. Who's to say what's normal?

The diversity of our society requires great latitude in setting acceptable behavioral range, and from that broad base of acceptance, we can, as individuals and families, further narrow that range to suit personal tastes. 

Many practices accepted at a broader level (abortion, for example) strike at the heart of Christian faith, creating tension between interest groups that call out for reform and legal recognition.

How should Christians react to this expansion of acceptable mores in our fast changing society? That would depend on if we were a Christian nation or not, right? If Christians were the founders and primary inhabitants of the country, then they would normally expect to set the rules. If they were a minority, then their attitude would be more like that of a visitor, or at best a sharer of this land we call America.  Click the picture of the U.S. flag to the right as we ask, "Are we a Christian nation?"