I know, I know, it’s only a song in a movie. Big deal. Get over it, Danny.
I can’t. It’s too endemic now, too symbolic, indicative of a full blown pervasive mentality that has spread like a plague throughout our society:
“It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m free.”
Lyrics from the song, “Let It Go” from the Disney movie, “Frozen” sung by a large crowd of young people, mostly girls, on Good Morning America. As if anyone, much less the youth of any generation, needs more encouragement to spurn the rule of law, order and convention.
That’s what the technical term is for it. Lawlessness. It is a mindset, an attitude, of sneering at moral standards. Much of the Apostle John’s first letter rejects it sharply:
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” – 1:6
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” – 1:8
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – 1:10
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” – 2:4
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” – 2:5
“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” – 2:29
It is something God views as rebellion, which to Him is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). At the very least, it is not something law-loving people should be singing rapturously about.
It isn’t anything new. “I did it my way” crooned Frank Sinatra to an older generation who loved the song. Same thing, different wrapping.
There was a time when virtues mattered a lot in our society. They were held in esteem, championed. We knew what the limits were because we knew when we broke them. There was a striving to excel, to go the second mile and while no one was anywhere near perfect, like Jesus was, we could easily see how hard some tried to be. Honor, truthfulness, a firm if not entirely flawless moral code, a strong work ethic, a servant spirit, compassion and love for God, nation and fellow man were things our cereal box heroes stood for. Only Jesus mastered it, but we could see them trying to stand in His tall and lengthy shadow, trying to provide good role models for us in our youth and young adulthood.
Find anyone like that today, especially after they die, and observe the tweet-filled ether reverberate with the venomous bile of the haters who crawl out of the woodwork to spew it. (Learn what was “tweeted” about Shirley Temple after her recent death by them if you don’t believe me). But let some Hollywood or rock star die of a drug overdose and the whole world stops to sing their praises and preach them into heaven.
No, the crazier someone is, the more outrageous and outlandish they can make themselves appear in public, the more disgraceful and ungodly manner that they talk, dress and act; the worthless heroes they pay lip service to, is the rule of the day. A great many people watch them, follow them, buy their recordings, watch and buy their movies and fawn over them. Oh they decry the shameless extravagance of the Oscars, but never miss an episode.
Is it too late to do anything about it? I pray not. Here are our choices:
Sweat the little things. Don’t pretend little things don’t really matter. Small stones falling down a slope produce avalanches before they reach the bottom. Don’t hold back because something is just folksy, cute or kiddie stuff. That’s what they want you to do – just turn a blind eye to it. Don’t.
Keep talking. Don’t be silent. Silence kills. Keep telling people what God’s Word says is right and wrong (not what we think is but what God says is). Make sure we know what the Word says and then keep on speaking out until death itself quells our voices. Make the devil and all the lawless ones like him breathe a sigh of relief on the day of our departure.
Pray often and fervently – for our nation, our leaders and ourselves. The Judge stands at the door. The threshing floor will be thoroughly cleansed. Unless we want to see our nation dragged down further into the abyss, we must do this.
Cast any and all ballots for decency. Ask yourself if Jesus would vote for this person. If you are doubtful, then don’t vote for them. Toss party affiliations – they’re just a tool for the ungodly to sway your mind. Vote moral issues. Stand with those who do. Reject those who don’t seem to care.
Boycott the lawless ones and their products. Money is all that matters to them. Hit them in their pocketbook. Maybe it will get their attention.
Decades of timidity, silence, looking the other way, neglect, fear of reprisal, threats, intimidation and/or just plain apathy have placed the keys of our nation’s moral foundation into the hands of those least able, disposed or qualified to wield them. Instead they have opened the flood gates of ancient paganism and are drowning us all in a sea of sin.
As the Lord lives, brethren, it is most certainly NOT time to let it go.