Commenting on how sexual immorality and abortion were once condemned by our society but are now "celebrated" and promoted," Evangelical leader Franklin Graham said this was a direct result of a decline in following God's Word. He added that "evil" is being "actively promoted by virtually every segment of or society."
In his commentary for the February issue of Decision magazine, published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin Graham noted this transvaluation of values -- evil is good, good is evil -- and referenced the liberal media's reaction to the killing of Iranian terrorist of Qassem Soleimani.
Although Soleimani was responsible for killing at least 648 U.S. soldiers and thousands of civilians, the liberal media tried to paint him as a hero and a great man -- the moral inverse of what he was.
This decline in calling evil for what it is has been obvious in America for many decades, said Rev. Graham.
"[W]e we have become so accustomed to condoning and overlooking evil rather than staunchly opposing it," he said. "We have lost our moral outrage over evil, and apparently we will go to great lengths and deluded rationale to accommodate it, not confront it and deal headlong with it."
Graham then quotes Proverbs 17:15: "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord."
"Sadly, strong moral opposition to evil has been steadily eroding in our own culture in direct correlation to the rejection of God’s Word as the sole, authoritative truth," said Graham. "Evil is now not only condoned and accepted, but it is being actively promoted by virtually every segment of our society."
"Deviant behavior -- such as same-sex marriage and abortion -- were widely condemned not long ago," he added. "Now they are not only tolerated but legalized and proudly promoted."
Graham continued, "Evil -- accepted, tolerated, appeased, unchecked -- can spread so quickly into a degenerating culture that it becomes the new normal. Those who still stand for truth, who refuse to bow to the new narrative -- same-sex marriage is normal, abortion is just a personal decision, gender identity is a choice -- soon become the target of ridicule and persecution. Evil is celebrated."
Despite the evil of the present world, it will be vanquished with the coming of Jesus Christ, said the reverend. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). And “no longer will there be anything accursed” (Revelation 22:3).
In closing, the reverend said, "Until then, we must strive daily to love righteousness and hate wickedness (see Hebrews 1:9), fighting evil with all our might, doing so in the power of the Risen Christ."