The state of our nation, fraught with moral decay, political anarchy, and social unrest, is a painful reminder that ideas have consequences. Far from being an overnight phenomenon, this quagmire has been years in the making, fertilized by the seeds of godless ideologies sown into the minds of the young via public education and university systems. But this effective de-education of America and the world is the natural result of a land filled with people who hate God and hate truth.
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” —Proverbs 12:1
To gaze at the landscape of American society as well as the rest of the world today is to see a grim harvest of destructive ideologies that are fundamentally opposed to biblical principles. We have wars, rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, kingdoms rising against kingdoms, and famines and earthquakes in various places. But should we be alarmed? The answer is no—we brought this on ourselves and the Bible tells us so.
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In public schools, where character formation should be a paramount concern, children are instead indoctrinated with agendas that extol relativism over absolute truths. This soil of moral ambiguity has proven fertile ground for the growth of attitudes and behaviors that, even a generation ago, would have been universally recognized as disastrous. The elevation of subjectivity over objectivity has left young people unable to differentiate between enduring principles and transient whims, undermining the foundation of democracy itself—educated and morally sound citizens.
The university setting, historically a setting for free thought and robust debate, has been overtly compromised with this destructive course. The agenda here is far from concealed. Activist professors indoctrinate students in theories such as critical race theory, intersectionality, and radical environmentalism, often under the guise of academic exploration. But these are not neutral ideas—they carry with them a view of humanity and society that stands diametrically opposed to the Christian understanding of the inherent worth and fallenness of every Image bearer.
And what are the fruits of this ideological proliferation? A society increasingly dismissive of the value of life, the sanctity of marriage, and the God-given roles that accompany our biology. Instead we have drag queen story hour, Black Lives Matter (endorsed by many Evangelical leaders) supporting Hamas terrorism, and major megachurches promoting homosexuality in Christian circles. In the political arena, we find elected officials more beholden to popular sentiment than to constitutional principles, who justify their ideological gambits by appealing to a distorted sense of social justice. Even our collective dialogues, from social media to the mainstream press, betray an alarming lack of discernment and a disheartening abandonment of reasoned thought and debate.
It is naïve to think that this spiritual and moral malaise would occur without repercussions. Scripture is clear: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). As we have sown the wind of secular ideologies, we are reaping the whirlwind of social chaos and existential despair. A nation that turns its back on God’s precepts should not be surprised when it experiences the withdrawal of God’s favor.
Is it too extreme to say that we are witnessing the judgment and wrath of God being poured out upon us? Just look around at the rampant spread of discord, mistrust, and lawlessness. These are not random happenings or the unavoidable consequences of a “diverse” and “inclusive” society. These are the symptoms of a nation that has traded the eternal truths of the Word of God for the fleeting allure of worldly ideologies.
Given the depths of our collective moral, social, and spiritual decline, it becomes increasingly evident that God’s judgment is not only just but thoroughly warranted. We have sown seeds of rebellion and godlessness, thus, the chaos, unrest, and moral decay we experience are but the fruits of the labor of our own hands. We cannot rightly say we did not deserve every bit of it. As the Apostle Paul declares, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18).
Any redemption from this dark trajectory would not be a demonstration of our own rectitude but a staggering act of divine mercy and grace. For our God, who is sovereign and just, owes us nothing and is perfectly free to act as He pleases. As Christians, our focus should not be solely on how we can “fix” society to escape judgment but on a faith that produces repentance, obedience to God’s word, and a relentless commitment to the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Of course, “teaching them to observe” encompasses more than just personal piety or spiritual disciplines. It extends into the realm of social and political ethics. How we steward our votes, what policies we advocate for, and even the ways in which we engage in civic duties are reflective of our obedience to Christ’s teachings. A biblical worldview shapes not just our church activities but should inform our entire perspective on life, including our participation in society. However, this should never overshadow or compromise the ultimate mission of making disciples. It’s in maintaining our focus on the eternal that we find comfort in the assurance that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
In the midst of societal turbulence, our primary responsibility is not the wholesale transformation of culture per se. Rather, it’s the faithful proclamation and living out of the teachings of Christ and His commandments. We must remember that the natural outworkings of this fidelity will indeed have an impact on our surroundings, including our political and social spheres. But the ultimate catalyst for any lasting reform is the God who judges justly. Our task is to live obediently, making disciples who are equipped to think and act biblically across all facets of life, entrusting the sovereign God with the outcome.