Rebels With A Cause
Vol: 100 Issue: 23 Saturday, January 23, 2010
On the eve of the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the United States, a new survey shows a strong majority of Americans now believe abortion to be “morally wrong.”
Morally wrong? How can this be? To imply there is some kind of universal moral code also implies the existence of a moral code Giver. Isn’t that illegal?
Even more surprising is the finding that the strongest opponents of abortion are the ones most directly affected by any change in existing legislation.
“Millennials” (those 18-29) consider abortion to be “morally wrong” even more (58%) than Baby Boomers (those 45-64) (51%). Generation X (those 30-44) are similar to Millennials (60% see abortion as “morally wrong”). More than 6 in 10 of the Greatest Gener
ation (those 65+) feel the same.
As an aside, the generational nicknames and their definitions are themselves revealing. World War II ended in 1945. And so did new entrants to the Greatest Generation.
The label reflects the almost-automatic and universal recognition that the greatest generation is behind us. The Baby Boomer generation that succeeded it is the one that shares its place in history with the rebirth of Israel in 1948.
It is THAT generation who now occupy the global seats of power. So a more historically reflective nickname for the children of the Greatest Generation, (of whom I am a member), might be the “Worst Generation”.
It was the children of the Greatest Generation that scandalized their parents with the launch of the Sexual Revolution that necessitated the invention of the ‘right’ to kill their offspring.
Those children that survived the abortion mills are the ones who will soon shoulder the burden of paying for that legacy of irresponsibility.
We taught them morality by example. They witnessed the examples we set for them, analyzed the results, and cleverly learned to do the
Every generation has its rebels — it is part and parcel of the sin nature inherited from Adam. The first sin was the angelic rebellion led by Lucifer/Satan.
The first act of human rebellion was to disobey God in the Garden — and then shirk responsibility for it. Eve blamed the serpent for beguiling her.
Adam was the first liberal Democrat. Adam admitted he wasn’t tricked — he joined Eve in the rebellion, eyes wide open — but then defiantly blamed God for creating Eve.
“And the man said, The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:12)
The rebels born to the Greatest Generation were well-summarized by the title of the movie that came to define my generation. We were rebels without a cause.
The world our parents turned over to us wasn’t perfect, but it had been recently renovated — we didn’t have much to complain about, compared to the one we’re about to turn over to our kids.
Our generation then later tried to hand off some mythological ‘universal dignity of the human spirit’ to our children as a substitute for the Lawgiver and Author of morals that made the Greatest Generation great.
In so doing, we gave our children a cause to rebel against. They are able to see right through the immoral, self-absorbed, overextended and crumbling society that we’re preparing to hand them.
And in the time remaining, they’re doing a little rebelling of their own.
There have always been competing schools of thought regarding a supposed end-times revival just before the return of Christ. Could this be what is being reflected here?
It would be nice, but it wouldn’t necessarily be biblical. The professing Christian church of the last days is described as “rich and increased with goods,” but spiritually “lukewarm” and “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:16-17)
You couldn’t come up with a better summary of the current state of affairs if you were given another two thousand years to think of one.
The Apostle Paul warned of a great ‘apostasia’ or ‘falling away’ (2nd Thessalonians 2) from the true faith and of consciences ‘seared with a hot iron’ (1st Timothy 4).
People will reject sound doctrine, and wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.
;(2nd Timothy 4).
The case made by those who are looking for world-wide revival as a sign of the last days largely depends on the assumption that you can’t have a revival without first having great apostasy.
Following that line of thinking, this would be the burgeoning revival arising out of the great apostasy that followed the Greatest Generation.
That would seem an effort to interpret prophecy according to current events, rather than the other way around.
Let’s take another example. Most prophecy watchers have an opinion about who the antichrist is, or who he will be, or what to watch out for. If there were a single individual out there at the moment who looks good for it, it would probably be Barack Obama.
Obama certainly seems to have a look more stout than his fellows. He seems to have little regard for any god. The day he was elected the winning lottery numbers in his home state were 666.
His efforts to fundamentally transform America seem to dovetail with prophesied efforts to change the times and the seasons.
And if Satan were an amateur and we were really as smart as we think we are, then maybe we’d have some reason to believe we were right.
The guy seemed perfect for the part. He was TOO perfect, in fact. And now his political stock is falling faster than General Motors.
Before we grow to wise in our own eyes, what if the antichrist’s credentials are seemingly those of a born-again Christian with impeccable morals and a center right political platform?
Would we recognize him then?
Jesus warned of false Christs and false prophets showing signs and wonders so convincing that they could even deceive the very elect, comparing them to wolves in sheep’s clothing.
I’d love to report that the seeming shift to the right is a reflection of coming revival in the last days.
Instead, I’m inclined to advise praying for a heightened sense of discernment.
The Marist poll seems to confirm the sense of optimism a lot of us see reflected in the Scott Brown story and the rising political fortunes of the Republicans.
But a shift towards the political right doesn’t mean a shift towards God. Or necessarily the onset of spiritual revival. Just an admission that killing off one’s own offspring is immoral.
When the enemy does come, he won’t look like a wolf.
He’ll be disguised like a sheep.
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Revelation 3:3)