Bolstered by Television dream-makers, our culture today is constantly attempting to replace the Ten Commandments with the secular cultural norm the "Seven Selfish Standards." Christians must continue to resist this wasting disease of our heritage. Let's look at what our culture believes is of greatest importance. ✞1. "Look after number one."
The Seven Selfish Standards were championed by the Media in our culture. Although television, radio, and cinema can be wonderful teaching mediums, television has become directly opposed to Christianity as it promoted its atheistic principles. Rather than challenging the church to debate the issues, television slithered quietly around the back and destroyed it's adherent's moral standards and beliefs. Incredibly, some things television presented as promising the greatest satisfaction inflicted most pain! For example, sleekly packaged beers and wines were presented as the route to a good time and sexy friends but caused immense damage to marital, work and family relations.✞
Television's sexual standards and the negative influence of the internet and low morals have degraded our culture with the spread of transmitted sexual diseases. At least one in ten adults suffers from alcoholism yet drunken driving still slays and maims thousands each year. A new norm has now entered the arena with the legalizing of marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, in Canada, and some American states. British experts are warning that 20% of new users of marijuana will turn to hard drugs. We have yet to see the prospect of high drug users especially with the effects of some drugs lasting for weeks in control of vehicles on our roads. Toronto Police are now advising their officers to stay away from work for 22 days after using marijuana. Meanwhile, television soap operas model unbridled sexual immorality and low moral standards while viewers sit on their couches with the painful and even terminal consequences of a frightening array of sexually transmitted diseases. All the good offered by this wonderful tool of technology is being submerged by the smutty agenda in society.✞
Television's low standards wash over into society from some programs. "Being hungry," it suggests, "is a just cause to steal in certain circumstances." "If you say you love someone," another says, "it is only natural to become sexually active with them." Christians who protest these twisted principles are sanctimoniously told, "Isn't your God a God of love! Why do you criticize love? Judge not, that you are not judged! Why do you show such hatred to others? You are just hateful people!" Unfortunately, no standards are becoming the norm in our promiscuous society. Things are getting worse as the actual crime and suicide rates increase!✞
Television, internet and smartphone use in our culture has fractured family life and turned families into television's family semicircles and then into fantasy-driven solitaries. Since the coming of television, we no longer have had family circles where parents and children talked and shared and experienced life together, but we have had family semicircles gathered around a TV set! Sociologist Reginald Bibby the Canadian sociologist wrote in "Teen Trends," "If the pulpit was the place of proclamation about what was right and wrong in the past, the television screen is now the norm-creator in the modern world." This has since degenerated into a series of fantasy-driven solitaries draped over a cell phone! Societal moral standards now come from television, cell phones, and the internet!✞
Popular television programs and social networking decided the morals of our young people more than any church or preacher. These standards were being undermined further by an uncensored Internet and World Wide Web. Just about anyone could go online and read how to make a bomb, purchase or even make a firearm on a 3D printer or view pornographic acts and pictures. We were seeing the television family semicircles dissolved into a network of fantasy-driven solitaries glued to computer screens of one size or another. Meanwhile, parents complained of having lost control.✞
Modern television, while they supported individual rights and freedoms, ridiculed the relevance of institutional standards including the government, the police, the church, the clergy and particularly the Bible. Ministers were often portrayed as either bumbling idiots or crazed Bible-thumping fundamentalists. Clergy may well have had as much or even more training than doctors or engineers but they were still viewed as gullible fools. This, even though many of the past developments and inventions over the centuries in our society came as a result of Christian concern for justice, the wellbeing of individuals and the search for scientific truth.✞