And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. – Genesis 3:22-24.
I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me. – Galatians 1:22-24.
Change – Some Things Do
Teddy Roosevelt won a libel suit in 1913 and accepted only the minimum damages of six cents. His priority was to vindicate his reputation, not to gain financially. Apparently, Teddy had never heard of mental anguish as the basis for additional millions of dollars.
In the 1940s, the worst school problems were talking out of turn, chewing gum in class, running in the halls, disobeying the dress code, and littering. In the 1980s, the worst school problems were drug abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, and assault. With society’s addiction to violence, the 90s could add guns and knives on campus, drive-by shootings, and stabbings.
Movie censors of the 1950s still honored God’s name. Among other changes for the film Giant, they suggested that (1) the scene in the railroad car between Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson had to be less sexually suggestive, and (2) the expressions “good Lord,” “damn,” and “I wish to God” were unacceptable defamations of deity.
Society’s ethical codes have certainly changed! As a major contributor to that change, contemporary media seems determined to abolish traditional values and behavior systems in favor of a galloping prurience—a high-speed elevator to despair. Yet God will never disappear, and Christians who stand solidly with the Bible against immorality will refuse to be silent; they will adhere with a firm commitment to its unchanging integrity.