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Mark Caserta: Addressing immorality is a battle to be won

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Often I hear a politician or a media mogul accuse someone's position on a particular topic of being outside of "mainstream America" and therefore unworthy of consideration.

At this point in our nation's history, being "outside" of the mainstream is a good thing, at least from a moral perspective.

God didn't call us to be "mainstream" in our belief system, but rather a "peculiar" or chosen people living according to His Word. Yet, it seems the traditional conservative values our nation once revered are being embraced by fewer and fewer Americans.

Liberals call it "moving forward."

America is steadily being "desensitized" to the immorality around us by the advancing progressive movement. Equipped with arguments which appear convincing in their desire for diversity and tolerance, liberals ardently pursue a world increasingly devoid of godly character.

Consider we now live in a society that's tolerant of public displays of lewd and lascivious behavior, but restricts the right to display a nativity scene or the Ten Commandments.

Homes are being bombarded by "family entertainment" such as "ABC Family," whose slogan "a new kind of family" targets a younger audience and attempts to redefine family values.

One must understand the progressive agenda involves removing any preconceived cap on immorality and offering an inviting and inclusive alternative lifestyle.

It's a path that requires no moral compass and will take you anywhere you desire, as long as it's away from God. One may exercise any right, as long as it isn't a godly one. Any such guiding principle must be outdated for our changing times.

Unfortunately, Christians must shoulder a large part of the blame for our nation's condition.

Complacency has become all too common and, unfortunately, many Christians have adopted the "separation of church and state" catchphrase as meaning they don't get involved -- period.

Recently, during a thoughtful moment with a dear pastor friend, I was reminded of the Bible's story of Gideon's victory over the Midianites.

Gideon possessed an army of over 30,000 men, yet was overmatched by the immense size of the Midianites' army.

Before going to battle, God told Gideon his army was too large and instructed him to sequentially reduce his ranks so God's Glory would be manifested in the victory.

In the middle of the night, Gideon's army, now only 300 men, armed with only trumpets, torches and empty jars, met at the edge of the Midianites camp. At Gideon's command, with their torches in their left hands and trumpets in the right, they smashed their jars, blew their trumpets and shouted at the Midianites.

In the fray, God created confusion throughout the Midianites' camp, causing them to turn on each other with their swords. Survivors fled and the victory belonged to Gideon.

Gideon's victory wasn't predicated on the size of his army, but on his obedience to God.

Having mainstream values may align you with the majority, but it won't address the crippling issue of immorality we have in our nation.

God needs another Gideon's army to win this battle.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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