Vantage Point: The Slippery Slope
By Ken Horn
Nov. 11, 2012
For years people have talked about the dangers of the slippery slope with regard to a lot of different things — primarily in areas of morality. And many often roll their eyes when they hear it. The concept of the slippery slope is simply this: Lower your standards a little bit now and you will find them being lowered more and more until you are in an outright slide to the bottom.
Our society exemplifies the slippery slope in action — witness the acceptance of abortion, cohabitation and homosexuality. One area that impacts most Christians is the moral slide of television. Every year a little more profanity, a little more sex, and a little more graphic violence are acceptable.
One particular coarse word began appearing gradually a couple of years ago and now shows up regularly, alongside several other words that appear in TV’s growing glossary of the profane. And, unfortunately, you can even hear Christians use such words on occasion, without a blush of embarrassment. When it comes to cable networks, there seems to be no restraint whatsoever.
We used to ask, “Can this be viewed in polite company?” Television has forgotten there is such a word as “polite.”
Where we find ourselves today proves that those who warned of the slippery slope in years past — and were often ridiculed for it — were not paranoid after all. They were right. Our country’s morals are in outright freefall. And our entertainment is a reliable indicator.
The really bad thing about the slippery slope is this: Many Christians have been sliding down it right along with everyone else. Despite this fact, along with its penchant for foul language, TV also has increasingly disparaged the Christian faith, creating outlandish characters with despicable traits and calling them “Christians.” These are nothing but straw men (and women), fake people created to both entertain and misrepresent Christians as hypocrites.
Still, more Christians seem to tolerate this trend than speak out against it.
It’s time to quit rolling our eyes, and practice averting them more often.
A slippery slope is one place a Christian should not be.
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