From an economic point of view, the state of the nation could not be better, we are told. Unemployment is down to levels rarely seen before. Inflation is minimal. The stock market has reached record highs. Everything is in place for us to be happy.
However, I am sure many join me in sensing that something is profoundly wrong in America. It’s something that money cannot resolve. No amount of jobs can fix this affliction. No economic boom cannot penetrate the loneliness and sadness of our society in decline.
A Desire to Corrupt
I received an email recently that brought home the extent of the tragedy for which I grieve. It touched me to the very depth of my soul. It was from a mother commenting on the half-time show at the 2020 Super Bowl. The nation’s most-watched event featured an extravaganza of lewd dancing, scanty clothing and sexualized moves never seen before. It was much worse than past outrages.
In this display, we sense a desire to corrupt. There can be no other explanation. Everyone knows that millions of young children, teenagers and youth watch the game and the show. Most of those watching profess religious beliefs contrary to the immoral performance. Many adults could not hold back their disgust at seeing this family event turned into a shameless spectacle of impurity. I initiated an online protest so that people’s outraged voices could be heard.
In another email, a mother said that, upon seeing part of the show, “I sat on my couch and wept as I am trying to raise four kids in this culture. Thank you for speaking out.” Her message was echoed by many others who were shocked by the “pornographic” display so contrary to “purity, chastity and modesty.”
Something Fundamentally Changed
I have always held that we live in a great period of decadence. For a long time, I have written about the decline of morals, the outrage of abortion and the LGBTQ+ tyranny that has dominated our culture. I have even protested past Super Bowl halftime shows. For decades, I have said the situation is bad, very bad to the point it is hard to imagine worse.
However, the mother’s email triggered in me the conviction that something fundamental has changed in America. The content of the show, horrific as it was, was not the worst part. Its context and immense audience sent a signal to the nation that we have reached a new low in our decadence. There is a complete disregard and even scorn for Christian morals and weeping mothers. The show’s message so pervades that few can escape its grasp over the culture. The abomination projects itself into the future.
Amid our great prosperity, we have reached a point of depravity that overwhelms by its magnitude. It spares no one who is still part of our culture. There is no immediate response, save to stop and weep, like this mother, for the nation—and its children.
Other Signs of the Desire to Corrupt
The halftime show is not the only sign that things are worse. There are others that are also terrifying in their corrupting power.
One of these is the ever-growing presence of drag queens, especially in their story hours that target pre-school children in public libraries and elementary schools. The scandalous scenes of garish drag queens are everywhere, exposing small children to highly sexualized and revealing shows.
Once again, we sense the desire to corrupt. The drag queen spokesmen are very clear in what they desire and who they wish to reach. They seek out children, some as young as three years old. They are not reading fairy tales but politicized, sexualized literature that reflects the drag queen lifestyle. These poor young audiences will hear how to deal with “inclusiveness,” “gender fluidity,” “alternative family structures” and other themes that favor the LGBTQ+ agenda. As one drag queen said at a public hearing in Lafayette, La., “this is going to be the grooming of the next generation.”
The Cutting Edge
These shows have encountered protests at public libraries. They are now moving to public primary schools, where they are part of the program for first graders who cannot opt out. Is it any wonder that mothers weep for their children in a culture that so destroys innocence?
The drag queen is the cutting edge of the Sexual Revolution that seeks to destroy all sexual restrictions, identities, and taboos. He is finding his way into theaters, advertisements (including one during the Super Bowl), and the mainstream.
We are entering times when unnatural vice and macabre lifestyles are becoming normalized. Satanism and “black masses” are proliferating.
A Great Contradiction
Thus, we face a great cultural contradiction. On the one hand, there is economic prosperity through which people can secure the means to live comfortably. On the other, moral chaos has descended upon the land, breaking up families, destroying communities and polarizing the nation.
The economic progress comes at a high price. We are witnessing the frenetic intemperance of an economy fueled by unrestraint, hedonism and narcissism. It is time to return to the firm foundation of ordered liberty and a tempered economy.
This contradiction is why the culture war is so important. It holds the key to a materially and spiritually prosperous America. In the face of these new assaults on Christian America, it is time to grieve for the nation. We must redouble our efforts to protest and fight against those who mock our God and threaten our future.
To what purpose do we prosper with jobs and economic growth if a mother cannot safeguard the innocence and purity of her children?
John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Soceity--Where We've Been, How We Go Here, and Where We Need to Go.