Demographically and politically that was made obvious. However, there are less obvious evidences this is an emerging new culture. Rejoice that there are personal oases where the values and virtues that have long identified our culture are not being blanched from the fabric that has long been America. Yet ....
Among the citizens of the new America many traits are waning. Personally and corporately some identifiable admirable qualities are no longer the norm.
Fading, but fortunately not gone are noteworthy attributes, such as:
Civility has been escorted off stage and replaced by rudeness or apathetic coolness.
Courtesy is passé. “Me first” is now head of the line.
Social grace is engulfed in a vortex of rudeness. Where is Captain Kangaroo when we need him to remind us of the magic words “please” and “thank you.”
In many quarters deception mocks integrity. Lacking integrity, our culture suffers from a poor quality of workmanship, honesty in business transactions and keeping commitments.
Many do not consider it a virtue to have a good work ethic. Do as little as you must to get as much as you can is the active axiom. Indifference is a prevailing demeanor. The conductor on the “Little Train That Could” is now the apathetic “Mr. Whatever.”
Far too many decisions are made on the basis of passion not principles.
One out of every three citizens under age thirty is classified as a “none” because they have no religion. Couple that with the fact 70 percent of all churches in America have either plateaued or are declining and it marginalized the religious community, making it a non-player in society.
The theme of 88 percent of sitcoms is based on unapologetic sexual immorality. We nictitate at adultery and scoff at family values.
A sense of entitlement has rudely brushed aside the concept of personal responsibility and accountability.
Remember the old adages “How may I serve you?” and “The customer is always right.” Persons whose mantra is “no problem” and “no big deal” need to go to Chick-fil-A and learn a better response: “My pleasure.”
Patriotism is virtually mocked by dispassionate freemen/freewomen. Singing the National Anthem and Pledging Allegiance are passing along with “The Greatest Generation.” Remember them?
Well, maybe not in that the emerging generations are likely unaware that generation simultaneously fought and won two world wars on opposite sides of the planet. In doing so they preserved the freedoms we now abuse.
I never thought that I, a lifelong optimistic zealot, enthusiastic about America would write such a summary.
What is a person to do? A resounding course reverberates “Suck it up and get used to it.”
That I refuse to do. I accept it, but do not approve of it. Therefore, I will encourage the significant segment interested in morals and manners to recommit ourselves to impact our little spheres of influence for renewal.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.