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The Falling Sky!

The Falling Sky!

Chicken Little didn’t know what hit her.

While minding her own business, an acorn landed on her little head and panic set in. She warned her friends, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey bought the story, hook, line and sinker. After all, Chicken Little felt a piece of the sky hit her head. They set out to warn the king but found Foxy Loxy instead. He led this motley flock of worry warts to his den and the king never got the big news.

Fearing harmless acorns, we fall for foxes.

It’s no compliment to be called “Chicken Little.” It means you are going off half-cocked and jumping to conclusions with the best of intentions to save the world. It means you’re both a nut and a sucker.

The Cultural Sky

But what if warnings are warranted? What if the proverbial sky actually is falling and we are too smug to notice? Truth told, America’s cultural “sky” is not holding up well. Marriage is in decline and being intentionally decomposed. Children who grow up without their mom and dad are increasingly rare. Tax-payers support a group (Planned Parenthood) that strategizes how to butcher human babies in ways that preserve body parts for sale. When nothing is sacred, everything is disposable, including the family and human life itself. Where is Chicken Little when you need her?

The sky is getting dark. Moral chaos, sexual confusion, gender blending, and raw perversion enjoy unprecedented public and political favor in America. Modesty is mocked while porn and promiscuity flourish. You think athletes are overpaid? The porn industry makes more money in the USA than all the big sports combined.

Expect more profanity, even from candidates. Expect more cynicism from people living in luxury. Expect less freedom to express your faith and more abuse if you do. Expect more teen suicides and school shootings. Expect more churches to cave in on moral issues! Don’t expect the word “repent” to get much play, even at church. Expect those who call for moral clarity to be dismissed as Chicken Littles.

The Political Sky

Following the culture, America’s political “sky” is getting too polluted to breathe. As I write, the radio tells me that taxpayers must continue to subsidize the greedy infanticide practices of Planned Parenthood. They exterminate minority babies at a disproportionately higher rate and President Obama and the Democrat Party protects this brutality with impunity. Meanwhile, our nation’s debt looms near $18 trillion with no signs of fiscal discipline on the horizon.

Many Americans vote like Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey, falling for any candidate that scares them into submission. On November 9, 2008, President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the Wall Street Journal Digital Network: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” He explained that a crisis can create “an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” In other words, it pays to sound like Chicken Little and act like Foxy Loxy.

On August 14, 2012, the winning presidential ticket falsely told a predominately African-American audience that that their Republican opponents were “gonna put you all back in chains.” (Vice President Joe Biden, at a rally in Danville, VA). President Obama doubled down on this horrible accusation. He understood the value of hysterical crisis-mongering to elicit votes. Some voters just need to be told that computer models predicting climate change prove that the world may come to an end if we support one party and not the other. And the skeptics are ridiculed.

The Moral of the Story

Cultural and political pathologies can destroy human hearts, souls and lives. They are not mere acorns. The moral of the Chicken Little story is not that all dangers are imaginary. The fox proves otherwise. And foxes don’t care about saving the world. They just want dinner. It is high time for honest caring people to be more discerning and less complacent. Otherwise, we won’t know what hit us.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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