The youth of today have grown up accepting as irrefutable the post-modern notion that morality is relative, and that differing or even conflicting views are nevertheless of equal weight and that provided no physical harm is done, then one’s own morals should be a private matter and none should dare challenge or question them.
Sadly, this cultural paradigm shift, once confined to Academia, has filtered through to the rest of society and we find these views promulgated in our education system, the media etc.
In this climate we have seen the rise of a political class which has seen itself as immune from public censure and many of whom have over the years perpetrated immoral acts and survived to carry on in their political posts. It is not surprising therefore that many of this political class have felt immortal and grown not only more daring in their personal immorality, but have succeeded in downgrading public morality by example and by legislating many of these views into our statute books. In the early years such attempts were met with opposition, but by attrition and devilish tactics (e.g. pushing forward such legislation under the guise of equality!) such opposition has been rendered ineffective.
What then has changed for the public’s moral sensibilities to be suddenly aroused and expressed in such vehement terms at the disclosure of the expenses scandal? Why should the public, who have been so forebearing, suddenly feel indignation because politicians have been found to have their hands in the public purse? Surely, this was widely known, even if we had no substantive proof. The rules for expenses claims were in the public domain, the weaknesses of the system had been discussed in parliament and had been covered in the press. There should have been nothing in the recent revelations which should have shocked, let alone led to such a show of anger. In any event the acceptance of post-modern notions of morality should have ensured that these revelations amounted to nothing more than a damp squib.
But, to our great surprise and for no evident reason, the public’s sense of morality has been touched and the expression of anger is leading not only to widespread political unrest, but also to a questioning of the whole political process, the need for uprightness of character in public office and the re-establishment of public standards. Many people that we have spoken with are also beginning to question the basis of morality and whether post-modernism is really the answer.
The only things post-modernism has succeeded in doing is to desensitise people to wickedness and ironically, in the name of tolerance, to make people intolerant to all viewpoints (especially those with religious pre-suppositions) opposed to post-modernism!
Are we now witnessing the demise of post-modernism? And if so, what will replace it?
Our prayer is that it will indeed mark the beginning of the end for post-modernism and that in its wake there will be a return to biblical morality and to a wide spread awakening. Dear reader, will you join us in this prayer?