Cultural values are changing
But how are they changing and how do we respond?
A July 9, 2016 Abacus study of 1500 Canadians 18 and up mirrored a recent American Gallup poll. When asked the same questions there were significant differences between the two countries! Here are some of the highlights.
- Canadians are 22 points more likely to say it is moral to have a baby out of wedlock, (84%-62%). And 26 points more likely to say abortion is morally acceptable (69%-43%).
- Canadians are 21 points more likely to say gay or lesbian relations are moral (81% vs 60%), 19 points more likely to say that sex between unmarried people is moral (86% vs 67%) and 14 points more likely to say divorce is moral (86%-72%).
- Canadians are 15 points more likely to think pornography in morally acceptable than Americans (49% in Canada, 34% in the US).
- Canadians are 6 points more likely to say that married men and women having an affair is moral (16%-10%)
A Different Compass
The authors of the study comment that the two countries have their moral compass set differently. When morality is left to a consensus it is clear that different countries will lean toward different options. Hopefully Bible believing Christians hold entirely different compass. As society has less and less regard for Jesus’ teaching and the Ten Commandments of course they will come to other conclusions.
Christian parents, pastors, and teachers need to realize that students will be greatly influenced by the moral standards of their country. Studies show that if students attend church every week they are more likely to hold to the standards of their parents but not completely and not for every student.
Help Students Adopt a Higher Morality
According to the media we are developing a more advanced morality. They believe that we are moving out of the dark ages of Victorian morality into a more evolved, tolerant, educated society. Sadly they don’t measure the societal damage caused by more abortions, sex before marriage, higher divorce rates and sexual confusion among young people.
Helping students adopt Biblical values that seem so archaic to their peers is going to require a network of believers supporting each child into their late adolescence.
Disciples: A Product of Scripture not the Culture
Canadian or American morals stray far from the biblical standard. Left to their own opinions students will conform to the “pattern” of their country. As culture evolves toward no objective standards at all Christians will need to be able to explain God’s reasoning for his standards to their children modeling Biblical values in the home, at Church and in the community.
Here are a few quick ideas for communicating these values.
- Help students to evaluate movies and media by Biblical standards
- Help students speak about what they feel is right and wrong
- Explain moral choices that you make
- Expose students to moral dilemmas and have students discuss them
- Help students evaluate conseques of moral choices on the individual and on society. Who gets hurt?
Not an Alarmist But Very Concerned
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I am very concerned about moral drift in our society during my life time. The increase rate of drift in the past two decades disturbs me greatly. I take hope in knowing that my parents were also greatly concerned and yet there are always young people who do cling to what is good.
Also I know that Christianity was born into a perverse society and was able to thrive despite temptation and persecution. The light seems to shine brighter when it is surrounded by darkness.