Upon entering the Royal Yacht Britannia, harbored in Edinburgh, Scotland, we were asked what language we would like the self-guided tour in. We said, “English.” The person following us said, “American English.” She then said it again to the next person that asked. Granted, some British and Scottish accents are hard to understand, but to make a point and say, “American English”? That makes Americans look arrogant and foolish. Do you want it in New York City English? Boston English? Texas English? New Orleans English? Let’s face it, our pronunciation and accents can be just as hard to understand.
Category Archives: Culture
A billboard we saw as we were leaving Las Vegas. (While I did not stop to take a picture of the billboard, I found a similar one online.)
On the one hand, it elevates the status of animals and pets. On the other hand, it lowers the status of children and human beings. If you accept the former, you also buy into the latter. We need to think about our worldview and belief system.
One of the marks of the downward spiral of a culture is the lack of shame. That lack of shame will lead to their downfall. That is God’s indictment of the nation of Israel. Twice in the book of Jeremiah (6:15; 8:12), God says,
Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:12).
In Romans 1:28-31, the apostle Paul gives a grocery list of the sins which God condemns. He concludes with the statement,
Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:32).
Not only were people not ashamed, they took pride in their ability to applaud the sinful practices of those around them.
This summer, my wife and I were introduced to several BBC Television programs.
- Downton Abbey – portrays life among British aristocracy from 1912-1926.
- Merlin – British drama set in the era of King Arthur.
- Robin Hood – another retelling of the classic tale.
- Poldark – British drama set in Cornwall shortly after the American War of Independence (1780s – 1790s).
- Endeavour – British drama about a young Inspector Morse set in Oxford in the 1960s.
These BBC dramas illustrate the downward spiral of culture in Britain over the past 200+ years. What was considered scandalous behavior in Poldark is tolerated when practiced behind closed doors in Downton Abbey and is acceptable when practiced openly in Endeavour. If you added a modern-day BBC drama such as Sherlock, you’d see the behavior is not only acceptable but considered normal.
We have become so modern and enlightened that we no longer know how to blush at sin. We are drawn to it like moths to a flame. May God have mercy on us and help us to wake up to the horrors of sin.
This notice can now be found in French churches:
En entrant dans cette église, il est possible que vous entendiez l’appel de Dieu. Par contre, il n’est pas susceptible de vous contacter par téléphone. Merci d’avoir éteint votre téléphone. Si vous souhaitez parler à Dieu, entrez, choisissez un endroit tranquille et parle lui. Si vous souhaitez le voir, envoyez-lui un SMS en conduisant.
Translation: It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the Call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely that he will contact you by phone. Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to God, come in, choose a quiet place, and talk to him. If you would like to see him, send him a text while driving.
(Thanks to Barb S for posting this on Facebook)