Those 19 words explain the American mental landscape in 2017. As one author has said, "We're not on a slippery slope; we're at the bottom. There seems to be a national insanity, the loss of the ability to think, to analyze, to understand. I would present the following Exhibits A-O to prove my case:
EXHIBIT A: "Who's Britannica to tell me that the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say that it was built in 1941, that's my right as an American. Truth comes from your gut." Stephen Colbert
Our language has been corrupted: “Safe spaces” mean segregation. “Affirmative action” is synonymous with implicit racial quotas. “Theme houses” are race-based apartheid living quarters. “Trigger warnings” are censorship. “Student loans” are paramount to indentured servitude for over a decade. And “diversity” ensures monotony and orthodoxy in thought and expression. (Victor Davis Hanson)
EXHIBIT C: "It was a small sentence—”I will pray for you”— but it meant big trouble for Cony High School technician Toni Richardson. When Richardson offered that comfort to another Christian on staff in private, she was hauled before school officials and warned not to utter a word about her faith again. District officials kicked off the controversy last year by telling Richardson that she could “face discipline or dismissal in the future if she expressed her faith so openly again."(Tony Perkins)
EXHIBIT D: There is now something called"gender fluid." This is referring to a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender, and expresses a fluid or unfixed gender identity. One’s expression of identity is likely to shift and change depending on context.
EXHIBIT E: There is now such a thing as PGP, preferred gender pronoun, which is simply the pronoun or set of pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or about that individual. Under a new California law, those who work in health care who use the wrong gender pronoun when referring to a transgender patient could face prison time. (In June 2017, Canada passed a new law that opens Canadians up to fines and even jail time if they use gender pronouns that do not correspond to a person's subjectively determined "gender identity.")
EXHIBIT F: Graphic “sex education” is forced on kindergarteners. "The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle" (8-30-2013)
EXHIBIT H: Homosexuality and transgender ideology are so pervasive and “acceptable” that such individuals touting their sexual preferences and perversions are given awards, accolades, and their own TV shows.
EXHIBIT I: Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church with an assault rifle, authorities say he took 25 lives and that of an unborn child. Reports indicate that a large percentage of the total included babies and children.
EXHIBIT J: Heated debates arise over questions such as, "Should little girls avoid dressing up as Moana for Halloween if they aren't of Polynesian descent?"
EXHIBIT K: The acceptance of Nietzsche's philosophy, "There are no facts, only interpretations."
EXHIBIT L: "A majority of Americans, including three-quarters of Millennials and nearly a third of practicing Christians, say that morality is based solely on their personal feelings, according to a new Barna survey that shows moral relativism has a firm grasp on many adults. In the poll of 1,237 people, 57 percent agreed that "whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know," while 74 percent of Millennials affirmed the statement and 31 percent of practicing Christians did so. (The Christian Examiner, quoting Barna)
EXHIBIT M: Our schools have come to resemble prisons--there's a law officer in the school to maintain order; students and their belongings pass through metal detectors before entry; students must secure permission to speak or to go to the restroom; they eat at prescribed times and only the foods offered; they are under electronic surveillance, they are locked in the building. Any one wishing to enter must go through the secured doors and stand in front of an all-seeing camera for validation.
EXHIBIT N: At the University of New Hampshire, the word “American” is deemed offensive and should not be used. (Reason: There's another "America." South America, and they might be offended.
EXHIBIT N: An Idaho State University and College of the Canyons study declared that we must accept people who identify themselves as vampires.
EXHIBIT O: At Quinnipiac University, a sorority had to cancel a fundraiser for foster children because one student complained that having maracas on the promotional posters was racist.
Why this insanity? The above reference to Proverbs 9:10 gives the reason. "The fear of the Lord" is a positive response to God and His Word. Without that response, there is no wisdom in the society.
On June 25, 1963, in a decision by the U. S. Supreme Court, the Bible became a banned book in all public schools. As Dr. Richard Grubbs has pointed out, "No God means no rules." The Book has been banned for over 50 years now, and we're living with the poison fruit of the decision. The problem is further compounded by what Romans 1 declares: God has turned us over to desires of our heart; that's what we want and that's what we've got.
As Dr. Grubbs points out, only a revival can stem the tide.