Millennials poised to uproot their parents' right and wrong

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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In God We Trust (on car bumper)Alarming signs of a post-modern America mean future generations will stray from our country's moral foundation, warns a Christian apologist.

Dr. Alex McFarland says he was alarmed by the findings of a LifeWay Research survey in which Americans overwhelmingly agreed the country is in moral decline but couldn't agree on the definition of morality.

Eighty-one percent answered "yes" to whether they are concerned about "declining moral behavior" in the U.S., the survey of 1,000 adults showed. But the survey also showed young Americans disagree with their parents and grandparents that right and wrong are fixed and unchanging.

That means a future America won't be tied to any solid beliefs in right and wrong, McFarland tells OneNewsNow.

"We are watching the culture become more and more unraveled," says McFarland, "and no one really seems to know what we need to do about it or have the fortitude to speak definitively about it."

Current headline-grabbing events speak to that disagreement and debate: the legal and moral fight over ending the life of British infant Charlie Gard; a mainstream teen magazine publishing a how-to guide on anal sex; and a feminist stating on Twitter that it's immoral to have too many children because it harms the planet.


And that's just in the past few days.

In recent weeks OneNewsNow has published stories about the claim that access to medical care is a "right" for Americans; Starbucks attempting to balance its pro-LGBT stance with majority-Muslim countries; and left-wing Berkeley refusing to allow conservative speakers on its campus.

In a Youtube video (see below) viewed more than 600,000 times, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was pressed by a questioner in 2014 to defend his claim of objective moral truths. 

"Why are you so afraid of subjective moral reasoning?" asked the questioner, who ridiculed the idea of a people "raping and pillaging" without a Bible to tell them that it's wrong. "What are you afraid of?" 

pregnancy ultrasound"Do you lock your doors at night?" Zacharias retorted. 

When the questioner went on to suggest that China maintains morality in a secular country, Zacharias pointed out the Soviets and Chinese killed tens of millions of their own people.

"We killed more people in the 20th century than the previous nineteen put together," the apologist pointed out.

America's morality has been drifting for many, many decades, says McFarland, but he calls the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 a tipping point for the country.

Where has Roe v. Wade taken us in four decades? Despite major advances in science and technology, an ideology remains that a fetus is not even a human being. An article at a pro-abortion website helpfully explains:

Regardless of whether a fetus is a human being or has rights, women will have abortions anyway, even if it means breaking the law or risking their lives. Even women who believe that abortion is murder have chosen to get abortions, and will continue to do so. That's why we should leave the decision up to women’s moral conscience, and make sure that they are provided with safe, legal, accessible abortions. Because ultimately, the status of a fetus is a matter of subjective opinion, and the only opinion that counts is that of the pregnant woman. 

Stand Up for Religious Freedom"I think that our assimilation of abortion into just mainstream life, and our inability to defund Planned Parenthood, has really left us at a place where our moral sensibilities are dulled," McFarland ays. 

Like other Christian apologists, McFarland often speaks to students about Christian faith. And he says those students, one day, could decide that America can exist as a moral country without the foundational belief that our freedoms come from a Creator. 

If those Millennials ever gain control of government in the future, says McFarland, they will "overthrow" the U.S. Constitution. 

"The fact that there is still deafening silence on the part of the Church," he says, "tells me that we're in much more dire straits that most people realize."


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