You know we’re approaching the point of no return for civilization when even the New York Times is calling for social norms on good and bad marital behaviour. In an article entitled The Cost of Relativism we read:
But it’s increasingly clear that sympathy is not enough. It’s not only money and better policy that are missing in these circles; it’s norms. The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts of America there are no minimally agreed upon standards for what it means to be a father. There are no basic codes and rules woven into daily life, which people can absorb unconsciously and follow automatically.
Reintroducing norms will require, first, a moral vocabulary. These norms weren’t destroyed because of people with bad values. They were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refused to assert that one way of behaving was better than another. People got out of the habit of setting standards or understanding how they were set.
Next it will require holding people responsible. People born into the most chaotic situations can still be asked the same questions: Are you living for short-term pleasure or long-term good? Are you living for yourself or for your children? Do you have the freedom of self-control or are you in bondage to your desires? (Source)
Only Christ gives the strength to achieve this kind of societal turnaround. Government programs only treat the symptoms while avoiding the root cause, which is ultimately ineffective. Worse, they may even reinforce bad behaviour. It’s time to set our sights higher and reach for the greatness we were created for. To thrive, not just survive.