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Radical and malignant changes have been occurring in western culture. There has been a comprehensive shifting of values, world-views and ways of life. While most Christians have some perception of this drift towards cultural decay, several Christian leaders and thinkers have been sounding the alarm in clear and stark terms.
For example, apologist/philosopher Francis Schaeffer had been sounding the alarm about this present plight for over 20 years. In his book, The Great Evangelical Disaster, written in 1987, he warned, "But something has happened in the last 60 years. The freedom that once was founded on a Biblical consensus and a Christian ethos has now become autonomous freedom, cut loose from all constraints. Here we have the world spirit of our age – autonomous man setting himself up as God, in defiance of the moral and spiritual truth, which God has given…. The world spirit of our age rolls on and on claiming to be autonomous and crushing all that we cherish in its path."
Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and recent apologetics speaker at Briarwood agrees, "The most basic contours of American culture have been radically altered. The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a postmodern, post-Christian, post-western cultural crisis, which threatens the very heart of our culture."
Os Guinness and John Seel observed that, "The American republic is nearing the climax of a generation-long crisis of cultural authority that calls into question it’s very character and strength. The problem is not simply ‘out there’ – in either such obvious problems as drugs and crime or such common explanations as the influence of family breakdown, moral relativism, secularism, neo-paganism, and the New Age Movement.
"Nor is the crisis of cultural authority simply a matter of the ‘culture wars’…. Instead, American beliefs, ideals and tradition - civic as well as religious – are losing their compelling power to shape and restrain lives in both the private and public spheres."
One of the most glaring recent examples is the 70% approval rating polls of Bill Clinton, and the mantra both reported and shaped by the media signaling that personal peace and prosperity are a higher priority than traditional moral standards.