And the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. … And David built there an altar to the Lord and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. Then the Lord commanded the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there. For the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon, but David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord. -1 Chron 21:15-16, 26-30
I have a historic interest in MTV. I watched a lot of it in the 1980s. There was always — always — the sense back then that they were pushing the envelope. It was a point of pride. MTVs slogan, then and now, is “whatever things are impure and vile, think on these things.” Back in the 80s it focused as much on puerile leftism as sex. The sex would certainly seem tame today. Boy George was an obvious homosexual when he hit back in the early 80s, but his image was more asexual.
From a cursory overview of MTV today, the sex is even more stressed. It now has several dating shows along the lines of the old “Dating Game.” With a twist: Same-sex couples are often featured on them– kissing, hugging, etc., with parents looking on approvingly. The progressive pretense is as obvious as it is repulsive.
I mention all this for two reasons. First, MTV (and its sister channel, VH1) remains a bellwether. Its “advances” soon find their way to other networks. Today it’s the reality craze, tomorrow it will be bleeping instead of removing the F-word, the mainstreaming of porn stars (!), and watching sodomites make out. These things are part of the cultural conditioning process. There’s a reason why younger folks don’t have the same fire to oppose this wickedness. Second, the sheer increase in brazenness is shocking to this observer. The legitimization of sodomy has long been on the march. Home & Garden Network shows are now featuring homosexual couples. Why, the late 1990s outrage over Ellen Degeneres seems downright quaint; tonight she hosts the Academy Awards. Even Sportscenter hosts have felt the need to voice their pro-homosexual opinions in the wake of the Tim Hardaway’s comments. There’s no room for dissent. After all, it’s just another choice, kids.
The image of God the consuming fire, standing between heaven and earth with sword drawn, has been lost. But the reality remains, much as the unrepentant desire to wish it away. Matthew Henry’s exhortation holds for the believer, because God will not stay His hand forever:
Those that are duly sensible of the terrors of the Lord will do all they can, in their places, to promote religion, and encourage all the methods of reconciliation for the turning away of God’s wrath.