To the editor: Today, in the United States, we are experiencing great cultural and moral changes. Our leaders are promoting changes in the law daily. The biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman is being threatened and redefined across the nation.

Gay marriages will soon be legal in the United States. The Boy Scouts are being threatened monetarily to allow gay leaders within their ranks, and an Eagle Scout has been touted as a hero by the media because he came out defending the gay lifestyle.

The right to bear arms is under attack every time a life is taken by a handgun. There have been numerous laws which have strengthened the legalized abortion position. We have laws allowing euthanasia in several states.

This will be the next great goal our leaders in Washington will push for.

So, what has happened to our morality?

What has happened to our fiber and grit?

Why the great shift in the paradigm?

The paragraphs below offer a glimpse of why this is happening. This is a discussion of C.S. Lewis's discourse on the Abolition of Man (Men without Chests).

"As the king governs by the executive, so reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the 'spirited element.' The head rules the belly through the chest - the seat, as Alanus tells us, of Magnanimity, Sentiment - these are the indispensable liaison officers between cerebral man and visceral man. It may even be said that it is by this middle element that man is man: for by his intellect he is mere spirit and by his appetite mere animal. The operation of The Green Book and its kind is to produce what may be called Men without Chests."

Resorting to pure reason (the head) or pure emotion (the belly) does not suffice to instruct us what behavior is right and what is wrong. There must be objective values - standards that are absolute, universal, and external to man - to provide guidance. These are then internalized - whether as God's commandments or Aristotelian ethics or whatever - and Lewis says, located in the chest where they essentially form what we call character. When Lewis says that texts like The Green Book are creating Men Without Chests, he means that they produce students who have no character.

(Note: Lewis determined The Green Book - a high school text book in Great Britain, and other books like it- taught moral relativism and nihilism.) These teachings rejected established laws, taught a philosophy that at its center denied all real existence and the possibility of an objective basis for truth, hence biblical authority has been dismissed.

Today, we have many leaders who operate from the head (reason) and the belly (appetites). These men (and women) have very tiny chests (no moral character and a lack of faith in absolute truths) to bring wisdom and direction to the other two centers of control.

This is why our political leaders can flip flop from one moral position to another at the drop of a hat. They have nothing within from which to base their judgment upon. So their position changes according to the latest whim of the people. The people's vote becomes their basis of judgment.

Most of our young people have been taught these same lessons above from our schools and institutions of learning. Our youth do not have the biblical foundation and moral foundation which was normal 50 years ago.

This shift from one learning system - which had standards of truth - to a paradigm - where truth is subjective and authority is to be questioned and rejected - can only portend a future that is cloudy and dark indeed.

Without a return to absolute truth and a biblically based center of law and justice, the slippery slope we, as a nation, are on will become far worse.

Mighty Rome fell and rotted from within. We are no longer the nation we once were. Can our nation return to Godly values, morals and justice? Personally, I do not believe it is possible. However, that is only my personal opinion. But I do believe God can still speak to people individually and bring forgiveness and hope, even in times of great uncertainty such as we are in this very day. There is personal hope. An old song says it this way….

"There is a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.

There is a way back to God that all may go in.

Calvary's cross is where you begin.

When you come to Jesus as a sinner."

Proverbs 28:2 Living Bible states: When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.

People, the time is later than we think.

John W. Eby