By George Bowers Sr.
A few Sundays ago as I was unlocking the church doors, I discovered a lost mole at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell. He or she (I did not take the time to look) had apparently stumbled down the first step and being unable to get back up, continued his (I'll assume his gender) descent all the way to the bottom where he was aimlessly wondering from side to side.
Since I have previously done battle with his relatives, I was not inclined to show him kindness though I did remove him from his hopeless trap.
His predicament, however, revealed a frightening observation regarding our culture.
Like the mole, we have been descending a moral staircase over the last many years and we continue to find ourselves lower and lower. Because it is much easier to go down than up, we continue to scamper about frantically on each step searching for answers to our social problems, before seizing on some hopeful solution only to find it plunges us to new depths. Instead of doing the hard work of climbing upward, we follow one bad decision with another down the stairway.
Several important milestones in our nation's history mark this sad descent.
The Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade devalued human life and has resulted in more than 50 million innocent deaths and counting.
The institution of no-fault divorce has devalued marriage and resulted in millions of broken homes and devastated children. More gradual changes in our entertainment, with increases in sex and violence combined with an apparent inability of our citizenry to abstain from such trash take us lower still.
We attempt to rectify these situations and make ourselves comfortable at these new depths by legalizing the very things that lower us, like marijuana use, increased debt ceilings, and unnatural marriage. These and other recent political, judicial, and social changes continue to take us down the moral stairwell step by step.
Unfortunately, it is always easier to descend than to ascend.
Unlike the mole, however, it's not impossible, but we need courageous pastors, politicians, businessmen and women, judges, and Christians who will build ladders for us to climb upward. And, more importantly, we need to follow them instead of continuing to look for easy solutions and quick fixes that just make us feel better.
Far too many complain about the moral, political, and economic state of our nation but are unwilling to do anything to provide materials for the ladders or to cheer those who are trying to build them. Worse yet, when someone does start climbing upward we refuse to follow and often attempt to shake them back down. It takes prayer, resources, time, money, energy, courage, determination, and perseverance to go upward.
It is very hard, but it must be done if we want to escape the consequences of our downward journey.
What can you do to make a difference? Begin by praying but follow it up by taking some action in your own home to go up the stairs. Refuse to consume entertainment that degrades human beings. Do something in your community to help someone else and to turn things around. Support those on the county, state, and national levels who are trying to build the moral ladders of rescue.
Most importantly, let's invite God to lead us and make the hard decisions to follow his son on the upward way.
Any mole can go down.
George Bowers Sr. is the pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock and the author of four books, including his latest book of poetry, "Wit and Wisdom of the Woods." He can be reached at email@example.com.