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Took a Left at Hedonism

"As Western society rejects old moral structures and values, it finds that its moral GPS has no fixed and stationary points of reference."
— Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

“ Os Guiness said it best: ’Just say no’ has become America’s most urgent slogan when ‘Why not?’ has become America’s most unanswerable question.”

“It does not take a sophisticated moral sense to predict the outcome whenever a society pretends there are no fences. Common sense alone alerts us to the dangers.”
— Ravi Zacharias

Took a Left at Hedonism

Now we’re driven by emotion,
And today we feel that’s fine!
We’ve been running all the red lights,
And we’ve crossed those yellow lines.

We’ve been weaving through the traffic,
Passed tradition on the right…
Took a detour back at Woodstock,
Now we’re REALLY outta sight!

We sped off into the darkness,
Where what’s right and wrong was lost,
'Twas a detour to remember,
But we didn't count the cost.

Took a left at Hedonism,
Snapping Selfies on the fly…
Then we barreled down Rebellion…
Never asking really, “Why?”

Jumped the curb at Truth and Justice,
Took another left on Main.
Tossed the Scriptures out the window,
As we swerved from lane to lane.

Picked up speed at Third and Broad Way,
Down Apostasy we sped…
Blew a tire on Narcissism,
Never mind! .....Full speed ahead!

Made a screeching daybreak U-turn,
Then sped back into the dark,
Grazed the wall at Revelation
Just outside Self-Centered Park

Now we’re passing all the others,
Like, ya know, they’re standing still!
“Co-Exist” is on our bumper,
Boy, does THAT give us a thrill!

We’ve been crashing through the roadblocks,
And careening ‘round the curves…
It’s the joyride of a lifetime,
And it’s just what we deserve!

We’ve got driving skills to save us,
We’ve got gas , and we’ve got gall…
There’s no Law out there to stop us…
We refuse to take The Fall!

No, The Law shalt NEVER catch us
In this souped-up Limosine…
We’re too fast, and we’re too clever,
And our getaway’s too clean!

All our cylinders are firing,
Quite carefree and unconcerned!
We hope there might be a Heaven,
(Fingers crossed)….. no “Crash ‘n’ Burn”.

Lord, you’ve known all our transgressions,
Every sin right from the start…
May the Law of Sinai stop us,
May it stop the rebel heart.

Help us hear the Truth who’s calling!
“Turn around!...The Father waits!”
And then guide us home through Calv’ry….
Yes, before, Lord it’s too late.

Prodigal Son (Rembrandt)

“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
— Luke 15: 11-20