A ship headed toward the rocks is frightening to consider. A car rushing toward a washed-out bridge brings disaster to mind. A person poised in the act of taking poison makes one think of untimely death. In each case immediate action is indicated.

America as a nation is headed for certain disaster because the bridge of moral values and restraints has been washed away by lust and the banks all along the road are being eroded by carelessness and folly.

Some religious journals and Christian ministers have warned of the danger. Many parents are concerned, having found themselves and their homes enmeshed in the disintegrating process. Moral degeneration has continued to the point where in our society immorality is increasingly taken as a matter of course.

It has remained for a secular magazine (Time, January 24, 1964) to give an objective study of the changes that have taken place since World War I, when F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books spoke of the blossoming jazz age and alarmed mothers were told of “how casually their daughters were accustomed to being kissed.” Now we read: “In the 1920s, to praise sexual freedom was still outrageous; today sex is simply no longer shocking, in life and literature.” The explanation is that an entirely new set of values has emerged in which, for many, there are no moral or spiritual absolutes and the question is not God’s law but man’s choice.

We are frightened because yesterday’s parents (and today’s) permitted the sowing of the wind of unchallenged license and are now reaping the whirlwind of unrestrained lust.

We are frightened because God says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (and our Lord carried the prohibition to the inward thoughts and desires and the lustful look), but today adultery is only ...

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