NewsReel 26/6/14 - Contemporary Social Vices: The Christian View

[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - Since the Fall, Adam and all generations after him have become susceptible to evil imaginations and actions. Through the ages, mankind has elicited the evil traits in many different ways. Modern man lives in a world that invents “ evil things”. Man himself has a sin-generating mind. He has the capacity to generate or create sin, sinful past times or entertainment. Sin, in itself, is inexhaustible. It is brewed in the depth of human heart. Man’s craving for evil and vices are insatiable. He ever craves for novelty in sin. Today, traditional sins are either weak in attraction or predictable in their nature. Thus, the contemporary man-youth, adults, boys, girls, rich, poor, educated, illiterates, invalids and deformed, restricted and free- has some newly devised set of evil and vicious values he engages in.
Since the flood, the heart of man has always been evil. God saw the whole imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart, and concluded that it was evil continually- every year, every day, every hour, every moment. He never deviated into good. Such is the authentic account of the whole race of mankind. Such were all men before God brought the flood upon the earth. And strange enough, the Scriptures do not give us a reason to think otherwise of man today. The mind of the modern man is a sin- generative machine.
Increase in technology meant increase in evil. The advent of the television, video, computer and the internet and their potential of conveying thoughts in picture, colour, language or motion is accompanied by increased engagement in entertainments and pleasure. But, and that regrettably, we go full cycle from being pleasure- hungry to pleasure- mania to pleasure-boredom. The television, for instance, impresses some vices in the mind of youth and adult and make light of violence, hooliganism, murder and assault.
Drug addiction, a practice found among teenagers and students in institutions of higher learning is a vice that ranks very high in contemporary times. Some freely say that scriptures did not say anything about use of drugs. Yes. But it did warn us against defiling or, in modern usage, destroying the temple of the Holy Ghost which we have in us. “ What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” ( 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20).
The use of hard drugs is a contemporary vice and its toll on the life of its users is pretty heavy. Hard drugs inflame the mind, sedate the heart and makes the soul to feel high. Its end is more dangerous and deadly than the beginning. It leaves its victim a wretch on one hand and a danger to others, on the other hand .Closely allied with drug addiction is involvement in cults among students in secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. Cults, these days, pretend to be a social club but when its activities are closely examined, it is revealed as the breeding ground of all contemporary vices- wild life, thuggery, drug addiction and, at times, immorality. In recent times, dangerous weapons like live ammunition, machetes, spears and arrows are found amongst the members of cults in schools. This is a modern trend and it comes with every conceivable danger to life and property.
        Common amongst students who are desperate to excel without corresponding input of labour and diligence is examination malpractice. In contemporary times, this has reached some level that frightens constituted examination bodies, school authorities, students who have fear of the Lord and, of course, Christian parents. This practice looks like a contemporary vice that has come to stay in most societies. But its permanence or rationalisation does not make it right .It remains essentially evil and vicious.
Contemporary youths and even the generality of middle-aged folks are unduly exposed to the practice of pornography. The evil sight that stirs up the base nature of man through pornography has a demonic hold on youths. Some Christian youths cannot stand or continue in the faith because of pornography. The sad thing is that youths and adults ( men and women) generally accept to sit loosely yielding to the gratifications of those appetites wherein they stand on a level with the beasts that perish. Sensual pleasure is basically sinful. It is strange to see that rich, elite and seemingly refined ones, the creams of the country are held by the fiendish power of pornography. Teachers as well as their students, employers as well as their employees, leaders as well as the led, the advanced, civilised, industrial countries as well as the developing, primordial societies are all given to pornography and all kinds of immorality. Closely allied to pornography are the unclean practices of lesbian and homosexually immoral propensity to one’s own sex. These are rampant practices amongst students in boarding schools and higher institutions. Strange enough, some highly placed folks are insured in this practice. Some of them are found in religious circles.  
From the days of old, music has always been a spiritual and edifying medium. The Scripture exhorts us to admonish “ one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” ( Colossians 3:16b).
David’s songs and playing on the harp had great spiritual and soothing impact on Saul. Elisha called for a minstrel under whose ministration he received inspiration ( 2 Kings 3:15). Indeed, hymn-singing is a great inspiration to those who preach, just as good singing and music precede most of all preaching today.
But in contemporary times, music has been perverted from its original spiritual, inspirational and edifying context. Wild music which in the past was once exclusive has been brought to the churches. Most churches have lost the solemnity, inspiration, freshness, and refreshing that comes with Christian music in Bible days.
THE WAY OUT ( Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9, 10; Jeremiah 18:8; Luke 13:3; Hosea 6:1; 2 Chronicles 7:14).
Victims of contemporary vices need a release. The vices are yokes and like every yoke, they must be broken.
I f we are to be free from the vices, essentially, we must avoid them like one would do a plague. Whoever has slipped into them should go back to the Lord in repentance and call on the Lord for restoration. Because involvement in these vices is tantamount to loss of eternal life, there is the need to fight manfully. The Bible says, “ The kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” ( Matthew 11:12).
Repentance is to be followed by a return to the Lord ( lsaiah 55:7). To return implies one has felt some brokenness and contrition, and unto such the Lord is very much keen to save and deliver. “ The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” ( Psalm 34:18).
After repentance, returning and restoration, it becomes very necessary to practise the abiding presence of the Lord. Imagine the Lord is ever by you and do only those things that He would approve of. Like David, remember that wherever you are, God is there with you.
Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo - ( Author and Writer), ( Email: Tel: +34632325146 ) reports.
*Photo Caption – Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo
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