The old axioms really are true: You reap what you sow. It’s time to pay the piper. You made your bed, now sleep in it.
Those can apply to nations as well as individuals. Many agree that our economy and federal government are in a sad state of affairs, with unimaginable debt, scandals, wrong courses of action, unpopular programs, wasted taxpayer money and more. We can lay blame to greed and thirst for power, but in postmodern, post-Constitutional America, other factors are at play. As the comic strip, Pogo, said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Maybe the best one-word description of today’s culture is mediocrity. Excellence in any area is hard to find, especially character. We know about today’s materialism, entertainment worship, instant gratification, apathy and relativism. And those breed. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these (Galatians 5:19-21).
And we know many of the causes: 1) no spiritual grounding; 2) lack of moral principles; 3) disintegration of the family; 4) socialized public schools; and 5) the effects of pervasive political correctness created and nurtured by the media-academia-government axis of decline and destruction.
Business leaders, corporate heads and government leaders and bureaucrats are products of our culture. They are only behaving according to their nature. Culture and character have collided. In too many cases, culture has won.