DON WILDMON | AFA Founder/Chairman
I picked a book from the shelf recently and began reading it. I
want to share some excerpts from the book, In This Free Land,
written by Charles Crowe, pastor of Wilmette Parish Methodist Church
in Wilmette, Illinois.
But the truth is that all our fine talk about personal freedoms
in the U.S. can be nullified by the freedom we take with the moral
laws of God.
Our consciences have become blunted and dulled
with an overdose of pseudosophistication and broad-mindedness. We
have become so tolerant of sin and sinfulness that we have lost
our capacity to protest and rebel against plain indecency and moral
rottenness. In many quarters we are so accustomed to violence, licentiousness,
the glorification of sex, the shady deal, and the fast dollar to
say nothing of the gamblers passion for something for nothing
that old-fashioned righteous indignation is regarded as a
corny exercise for squares.
The tragedy is that modern Christians too often go along with
the tide. We try to convince ourselves that drunkenness is illness,
that filthy writing is realism, that obscenity is social comment,
that perversion, adultery, cynicism, and gambling are the folkways
of our time.
The cause of our problem does not lie altogether
in poverty or slums or ignorance.
The truth is, the human
mind is being poisoned, not by common immorality, but by an amoral,
humanistic, nihilistic, cynical outlook on human behavior, wholly
divorced from any concept of right or wrong.
In other words, central to the moral crisis of our time is the
lack of recognition that any moral problem exists. This leads to
a bestial attitude toward life. Why be restrained and distracted
by spiritual ideals and moral judgments when these things dont
exist? Self-gratification is said to be the key to being. Life is
held to be purely a process of biological functioning, without knowledge
or recognition of good or evil.
Under the fatuous disguise of presenting mature themes,
the moviemakers are reduced to a crass and wholly indefensible exploitation
of fornication, adultery, incest, prostitution, pimping, nymphomania,
frigidity, rape, homosexuality, cannibalism and necrophilia.
This saturation of books and entertainment with filth distorts
and destroys all sense of decency and counteracts even the best
training of children and youth who are without the restraint of
Basically, what is needed is a powerful tide of
Christian public opinion that flames in righteous indignation and
revulsion against the mounting immoralities and flagrant indecencies
of our time.
The tragedy is that the average American business
and professional man is afraid to challenge our modern pagans for
fear of offending someone or hurting business or being charged with
The Christian conscience needs to be challenged by the terrible
breakdown of decency that takes place in adults and children, with
the free circulation of smutty literature.
This is not to be stuffy and straight-laced; it is to find the
way to that plain decency which is the basis of any happy life and
stable society. We find it as we put the God of righteousness and
love at the center of life. From Him alone we get the moral purpose,
restraint, and power that make life good and clean and strong for
us, both as people and as a nation.
One other thing I forgot to tell you. The book was written in 1964,
41 years ago.