A Brief Meditation for the Month

July 2022

As we proceed further into the twenty-first century, supposedly towards a better understanding of who and what we are as “homo sapiens,” we are witnessing the increasing erosion of the foundational social institution known from the beginning of time as the family. The concept and indoctrination in “individualism” from the moment of birth has deprived many in our contemporary society of the rich and wholesome unitary experience of being joined with others in the formation of a well-ordered, happy family life. While the Latin homo sapiens may identify us as “wise man,” the evidence seems to suggest that we, as a generation, are fast losing our powers of reason. In the opening chapter of his letter to the Romans, the apostle informs us of the prevailing attitude of many in his contemporary society. He wrote: “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” Romans 1:21–22. Reading these words, we wonder if anything has changed in our modern society.

Freedom of individual choice has become the watchword for this generation. We are an allegedly liberated generation no longer fettered by the concept of what is true or right, but rather are captivated by the philosophy that what is right for me and what feels good for me as an individual and a unique person is the guiding axiom. If, for example, I am born a male biologically but begin to think I am a female, I am encouraged to declare and express myself as such. Some of the world’s wiseacres wish to impress upon us that we are born neither male nor female, but just a thing until we decide our identity, even if it is a cat. While the theory of evolution has convinced so many that man is moving in an ever-upward direction from monkey to man and eventually to superman, it is so utterly incongruous that the law in certain parts of our western society now protects those who claim they are “cats” and “wolves.” They have transgendered from male to female and then progressed into the animal kingdom. Should school children wish to meow in the classroom because they have evolved backwards to become members of the feline community, this is their personal choice and right. One can only sit in bewilderment and wonder at the intellectual madness hidden in the human mind when divine restraint is withdrawn. Modern man may be able to probe the far reaches of our universe with his gigantic telescopes and investigate the most minuscule with sophisticated microscopes, yet he appears to possess an inherent capacity to become and act like a deranged fool while continuing to claim, not only sanity, but advanced intelligence.

Christian parents need to be alert to the satanic determination to destroy the precious, God-ordained institution of the family. It is an institution for which every member of Christ’s church must contend. Christian fathers need to understand their role in preserving biblical discipline and order within their households, while Christian mothers must develop and exhibit the graces of true femininity to their children. Our confused and chaotic society desperately needs exemplary families guided and instructed by praying fathers, who are assisted by meek and godly mothers, to shield their children from the influence of the deluded and warped imaginations of those who, as agents of Satan, are intent on the annihilation of every vestige of godliness from our wayward society. We must be vigilant to protect our God-given children and continue to pray, “Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail…” Psalm 9:19.

G. G. Hutton.