“Where’s the Outrage?” by Todd Strandberg

An old saying goes, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Judging by the lack of outrage in today’s world, I’m guessing that hell still has plenty of vacancies.

We live in a world that suffers from a chronic shortage of outrage. Things keep getting worse because people are happy to stay in their bubbles of neutrality. As long as problems don’t affect them personally, most folks are satisfied with the status quo.

Washington DC is a mess because our political parties are too willing to compromise on everything. Texas Rep. Ron Paul said at the recent CPAC convention, “We’ve had way too much bipartisanship for about 60 years. It’s the bipartisanship of the welfare system, the warfare system…it all goes through with support from both parties.” What allows for this spirit of bipartisanism is the understanding that voters won’t hold their representatives responsible for their actions.

We’ve just had a group of Republicans get elected on the issues of outrage over runaway federal spending. Now that these people are part of the establishment, their mission has suddenly changed. A number of Tea Party members are now unwilling to kill an unneeded jet engine project because it would mean job losses for their district.

I’m just stunned at the lack of outrage over what is happening in the church today. Several months ago, a story broke about Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long having sexual contact with three young men in his church. Despite strong evidence that Long’s relationships with these boys were at best inappropriate, he still remains the head of a mega church. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, efforts are being made to buy the silence of Long’s accusers.

I can’t recall the last time I read about outrage being generated by popular music. The other day, I happened to run across a story that wondered what the folks at the Grammys were going to do if a certain singer with a profane hit song won an award. It turns out that the song in question contains the F-word. I went to the Billboard Magazine website to look at the weekly charts and was surprised to find another song on the Hot 100 chart that also contained the F-word. Two other curse words were also listed as song titles.

One of the most sickening examples of the lack of outrage came during the Egyptian revolt. While the demonstrations were going on, a mob of thugs raped Lara Logan, a reporter for CBS news. As they assaulted her for 20 to 30 minutes, the crowd screamed, “Jew! Jew! Jew!” CBS was complicit in covering up the rape because it didn’t fit their narrative of the Muslims being reasonable, peaceful people.

The liberal media is highly skilled at ignoring problems with various groups they view as part of their political base. Our southern neighbor, Mexico, is having a historical problem with drug violence. The city of Juarez has the highest recorded murder rate of any city on earth. Drug gangs have killed almost 35,000 people since 2006. Since all the drugs being fought over are headed for America, we share a large chunk of the blame for the violence.

It’s important that every offense against decency be met with outrage. If no action is taken, an opening is left for the devil to come in and do something even more wicked. A few years back, I noticed that the cartoon, “The Family Guy,” has been very active in pushing the boundaries of blasphemy against God. Seth MacFarlane, the atheist creator of the show, conceived this swipe at our Lord and Savior: “As we all know, Christmas is the time that the ghost of Jesus rises from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living. So we all sing Christmas carols to lull him back to sleep.”

I think the main reason there is a lack of outrage is that people fail to see their culpability for allowing sin to flourish. The day is coming when all of our actions will be judged. If people were made mindful of the “terror of the Lord,” they wouldn’t have trouble expressing their anger.

“Wherefore we labour that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences” (2 Corinthians 5:9-11).

— Todd

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