For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. – Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV.
The television and movie industry openly acknowledge that they are pushing the envelope. They are challenging the norms of society intentionally with much planning. They are going as far as they can go. Where are they going? What are they doing? They are seeing how far they can go before society says they must stop. They are going as far they can go in bad language, sexual innuendo, nudity, violence, perversions and presenting bad as being good.
The constant immorality bombardment of society by the media is resulting in a lack of restraint by members of society. The immorality bombardment results in a warping of consciences. The conscience has been divinely designed to help us steer a course between right and wrong. But the media’s intention and seeming success is the blurring of the lines between right and wrong. They are doing again what was done in the time of the Prophet Isaiah when they called (Isaiah 5:20) “…evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
In this new morality right becomes wrong and wrong becomes right. In the new morality cheating and deceiving others is the accepted way to success. Lying is an accepted tool which will help you accomplish your deceit and success. Adultery is a byproduct of success. The more successful you become the more adulterous affairs you can afford to have. Homosexuality is presented as one of the new norms of family life. Homosexual activity in the new morality has been predetermined by your genetic makeup they say.
As I used to hear some old farmers say in response to obvious falsehoods, “Hogwash!” The word is actually in the English dictionary and is defined as: swill or slop (hog food); and as, worthless or nonsensical language. That is exactly what we are being fed day in and day out, “Hogwash!” How do we keep our consciences from being warped from this constant bombardment of “Hogwash!” The writer of Hebrews tells us that God’s Word will enable us to discern right from wrong. We cannot count on the media or government to tell the truth or even to tell us what is right. But we can count on God’s Word to tell us the truth, to tell us what is right, and what is wrong.
Let us go beyond the milk of the Word to the strong meat because we are going to need strength to face the challenge of the new morality. We need the strong meat of the Word to call what the media is dishing out to us what it really is, “Hogwash!”