What Happened To Decency?
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40, NKJV.
The word translated “decently” means to be honorable, correct, decorous, marked by propriety, and it involves honesty. The meaning of the word also involves good taste in conduct and appearance. The word shows up three times in the New Testament, and twice it is translated “honestly” and once “decently.”
We certainly would like to see more of this kind of behavior in our society. But instead of decent behavior, we see decadent behavior. Sloppy clothes and an unkempt appearance has become more the norm than the abnormal.
It seems that this may be a badge of rebellion for some. How sloppy can I get? How low can I get my pants to sag? How many cuss words can I use before someone stops me? How short is too short for my skirt? How tight is too tight for my shorts?
How many times can I disrespect my parents before they stop me?
How many times can I disrespect my teachers before my parents teach me what respect means?
It seems that in some areas of American life, we have lost the sense of decency and modesty. We are quickly becoming a society that is almost impossible to shock or embarrass because we have already seen or heard the most disgusting things that one can imagine.
Forget about the movies your children are going to see, you might need to monitor the television commercials your children have to watch.
Just plain ole’ common sense decent values have been thrown out. God have mercy on us all. Restore to this nation the Christian values that seem to be lost.
“Let all things be done decently and in order.”