Pray for cultural healing

There is a new form of holocaust that has been taking place in the past few decades. Unlike the horrible Holocaust of World War II, this holocaust is a moral one.

The Augusta Chronicle’s Feb. 24 editorial “What the courts see” – detailing judges Danny Craig’s and David Roper’s descriptions of an amoral culture as seen through the eyes of the judicial system – is a snapshot of this moral holocaust. This holocaust we are beginning to wake up to is the actual decimation of the image of God in humanity – at least in Western culture.

This holocaust has been systematic, beginning with almost universal acceptance of contraception. Regardless whether one agrees or disagrees with contraception, we all can agree that it has created a sexual nirvana for men – we now have the “hook-up” culture. This was followed by no-fault divorce, trivializing the covenant of love that God intended to be a reflection of his covenant of love for humanity.

Then came Roe v. Wade – a direct attack on humanity itself. Pornography follows unchallenged as this multibillion-dollar industry exploits men, women and children and totally dehumanizes them.

And now we come to gay rights/gay marriage. Pope Emeritus Benedict has recently stated, “The manipulation of nature … now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned … who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. … But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and women in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him.”

Just days before he resigned, Benedict proclaimed to his audience, “The time of testing is here. We must not use God for our own ends. … The Temptor is devious: he does not push us toward evil directly, but toward a false good, making us believe that the real things that matter are power and whatever satisfies our primary needs.”

Many Christians already have capitulated. The Catholic Church will become much smaller and the persecution much fiercer. Again, as Benedict said, “The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.”

My prayer is that Christians and men of goodwill everywhere will lay aside our differences and unite to resist the moral holocaust we are experiencing – and that Benedict’s replacement, Pope Francis, will be the Spirit-anointed leader of our times to help heal our spiritually and morally sick culture.

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