True Pollution

     As I write, millions of gallons of crude oil are fouling the Gulf Coast, killing untold quantities of wildlife, and doing grave and lasting damage to a very sensitive eco-system. The effects will be felt for decades. David Kennedy, head of the NOAA, said simply, "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing."

     Apparently British Petroleum never fashioned a solid response-plan for such a scenario, although the likelihood of an offshore oil platform catching fire and sinking always seemed overtly plausible. And now as the world watches, BP rushes to plug the deep sea well that it opened but apparently cannot shut, as black death continues to spew across the beaches and wetlands of our southern coast. If the birds and frogs don't all die, water-tourism in the Gulf probably will. This is an environmental catastrophe.

     And it strikes me as I listen to the public uproar and outcry, that for the last 40 years or more our nation has experienced something far more damaging and destructive than an uncapped geyser of crude oil. We as a culture have sustained, for more than a generation, an unfiltered deluge of moral filth that spews its contaminants over all the people, on both coasts and everywhere between.

     In 1969, under the auspices of free speech, the Supreme Court ruled in Stanley v. Georgia, that possession (and therefore production) of pornography was protected by the constitution's First Amendment. Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote, "If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch." In 2002 the Supreme Court upped the ante by invalidating the Child Pornography Prevention Act, ruling that one may possess (and therefore produce) child pornography as long as no actual child is depicted. Somehow the distribution of images filled with naked bodies and exposed genitalia doesn't seem quite like the high ideal that James Madison was pursuing in the Bill of Rights.

     Call me simplistic, but when our forefather's guaranteed us the right to freedom of speech, they were intending speech, the right to express oneself verbally without fear of legal repercussions. They did not intend the protection of public orgy, sexual perversion, or the abdication of moral decency and restraint. The Supreme Court drilled a well strait into hell, and like what we're seeing in the Gulf, we can't plug it or shelter the culture from its toxic sludge. It affects everything. Just as unconfined oil seeps into every coastal crevice, so pornography eventually permeates every nook and cranny of society. It's reflected on the big screen, the small screen, and the computer screen, on billboards, in magazines, throughout advertisements, in conversations, and even on the playground. No one is immune from its poison.

     Four decades later and the evidence is irrefutable. Systemically corrosive problems like homosexuality, adultery, rape, broken families, unwed mothers, abortion, and molestation litter the culture like carcasses strewn along a polluted beach. It's a spiritual catastrophe of untold proportion that no one really knows how to measure or quantify. We can count gallons of oil, but we can't begin to put a number on the personal suffering experienced at the hands of pervasive moral deviancy.

     Yet the moral pollution continues unabated, and we are all affected. The teacher, the cop, the cable guy, the housewife, and every other member of society experiences the contamination.

     Oil bubbles to the surface in the Gulf and the porn culture leaks into the hearts and minds of our nation. But sadly, we're only going to hear one outcry. Politicians and lawyers will rant while the media raves and makes a fortune selling us the latest environmental story. But where is the protest on behalf of those who suffer at the hands of institutionalized and court-sanctioned immorality? Where are the judges who dug this well? The New York Times will be silent, but we as Christians cannot. We must continue to declare the righteousness of Jesus Christ and speak out against the flagrant disregard for His word where ever it occurs.