Liberal Democrat Porn Plans and The Ongoing Disappearance of British Morality

The Liberal Democrats, Britain’s new power-sharing party, recently confirmed plans passed at their annual conference in 2004 to introduce a policy that would allow 16 year old children to watch and star in pornographic movies. The controversial policy has faced intense criticism from users of the popular parenting website Mumsnet.com. One mother warned “Many young people aged 12 appear 16 or 17 and could easily end up in explicit pornography” One Mumsnet user took it upon herself to contact the Lib Dems directly to complain about the policy, the response being “Look, I have explained the policy and if you do not like it you do not have to vote for us” Hmmmm how intolerant of a party that talks so much about tolerance !

Surely this is yet another indication of the ever increasing immorality found not only within British Politics but within British Society as a whole. Indeed, it would not be entirely untrue for one to suggest that it is perhaps a step toward an amoral Britain rather than a simply immoral one. Lord Macauley (1800-1859) once wrote that the world’s greatest democratic nations had a life expectancy of about 200 years. He said they go through the following cycle “From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back into bondage.” If we see any truth in his assessment of the rise and fall of nations it isn’t very difficult to see where our country is at. In the last century we have set aside God and faith, gone over the hill and are now on the downward slope. Just recently plans were announced to show a TV commercial for abortions, the destruction of innocent human life aired for millions to see almost degrading the sanctity of human life to the same level as the advertisements shown for childrens toys; disposable if not wanted.

There has been a change in my own parents lifetime from Britain being a ‘moral’ society, with individuals concerned about being ‘decent people’, to a culture of emotion in which pleasure takes priority. Religion and morality have been forced from the public square to become purely private matters. ‘Good’ has been redefined as ‘enjoyment of that which brings pleasure’. The great Protestant work ethic established by the Reformation has disappeared into the abyss with todays young Britons seeking to gain as much wealth and pleasure as they possibly can with the least amount of effort. In Biblical terms, when people lose sensitivity towards God they give themselves over to sensuality, in other words ‘feel good’ things (Ephesians 4:19). Surely the current trend of marital break downs due, more often than not, to adultery, the drunken yob scene and the pornographic and sex obsessed culture are all indicators that Britons by in large have given themselves over to sensuality in the place of God?

The only solution to the problem is an increase in the proclamation of the unwatered down Gospel from the pulpit and the lips of Christians themselves. Only God can save a nation from its slippery decline. Only the Gospel has the power to make our hard hearts soft. Many Christians are paralyzed by the fear of being branded judgemental or intolerant, however Christians must come to the realisation that the truth has always been, is, and always will be snarled at. Consider John 3:20 , “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (ESV), or Amos 5:10, when God says to the Israelites “How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth! (NLT). The sooner Christians realise that it is the truth (God’s truth, design and standards) that people hate, the sooner they might get over themselves and their desire to people please (people pleasing, or pride, is the root of all sin) and begin to stand for the truth.

Instead we have seen the opposite in recent years. We have witnessed a host load of Christians begin to compromise on such issues as abortion, sexuality and relationships. The change in the rules call for “perpetually friendly conversation, ideological largesse, non-judgemental transparency and ecumenical tranquility” (John Macarthur).Yes they may be genuine, yes they may be attempting to show the “love of Jesus”, but you can rest assured it is not pleasing to God and it is a distorted view of what the “love of Jesus” really is. Isaiah 5:20 reads,”Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (ESV) Christians are to call evil for what it is and good for what it is, not give in to the twistings of truth so prevalent amongst society. Is that not what Jesus did?

Consider His words on adultery to the Pharisees, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt 5:27-38). Many think that Jesus was actually giving a new command here. The truth however is that he was dealing with the beliefs on adultery held by the Pharisees and the Jewish people. They had always defined adultery in terms of the outward act. “It’s fine to look but not to touch!” By defining adultery as being merely an external act, they had left the people’s hearts totally unguarded. They felt free to arouse and indulge in sinful appetites in the privacy of their own imaginations-as if their hearts were somehow exempt from the law’s standards. Jesus didn’t compromise. He didn’t agree and say “Yea it’s fine for you to fantasise about Wilma from the Office, or your friend Dave or that supermodel so long looking is all you do!” No, instead he was disagreeing with them and saying that the 7th commandment actually means if you so much as look at another man or woman and lust after them then that is adultery too. He was presenting God’s truth in it’s entirety! This was shocking to the Pharisees because it revealed just how mistaken they were! Christians who take a stand for the sanctity of life and God’s standards for sexuality should learn from Jesus. When the unbeliever says “You’re such a traditionalist! It’s time you let go of those archaic beliefs and got with the times! Porn is fiiiinnnneee, abortion is fiiinnnneee, promiscuous sex, homosexuality, sex outside of marriage they are all fiiinnnneee!!”, Christians need to take a stand and say that actually, in God’s eyes they aren’t fine. In God’s eyes they are sin because God has spoken clearly in His word about these issues and when God speaks clearly we aren’t to question; we’re to listen and obey.

The only solution to sin is the gospel. The gospel is not about morals, yes, however it is predicated upon a moral view of life. The gospel does not do away with the standards God has set forth in his law. Mankind’s greatest problem is sin before a holy God, but we must be told what sin is rather than rely on what we ourselves define sin as being, because in our fallen sinful state we only twist and distort what should and shouldn’t be defined as sin. That’s why God gave us the law; to see our sin and know what it is. The Heidelberg Catechism asks us a question relating to this enquiring “How do you come to know your misery?” The answer? “The Law of God tells me”. (Q&A 3- Lord’s Day 2)

So salvation must take place first and foremost in moral terms; atonement must be made, sinners must be justly forgiven, made righteous and given a new heart and new desires. Then and only then will we see true change in people’s lives.

Seek the Truth. Find it in God’s word the Bible and take a stand for it. I’m not saying I’ve never shyed away from taking a stand for the truth. I’ve shamed the name of Jesus with my past conduct. I’ve denied Christ just like Peter. However, to quote John Piper, I live with a “gutsy guilt” in knowing that I’ve been forgiven, that Christ died for me on that cross, has called me, is equipping me and is strengthening me to take a stand for the truth of God, because by taking that stand it is God who gets the glory and that’s what it’s all about is it not?

Soli Deo Gloria

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