Obviously this is little more than the culmination of a long-standing trend within our culture. What is sometimes most disturbing to me is that I look at my children's generation and realise they're growing up in a time when this sort of thing is becoming normative.
It's one thing to view these things and clearly remember a time when homosexuality and gender twisting was not the norm. But it's another to grow up in this context and not know of anything different.
Of course my children are taught differently and haven't grown up watching television, nor are they 'plugged in' to the mainstream of pop culture. But I think about the lost, the generation that's growing up and even now reaching adulthood... the same generation as my kids, their peers. What a difference when you've grown up in a post-Ellen world. What a sensation it was when just twenty years ago a sit-com protagonist proclaimed their homosexuality on a national television programme. It's hard to imagine today why there would be a commotion.
Madonna's slut-antics as shocking as they were in the 1980s seem tame compared to the whorish conduct of our day.
While the Christian Right focuses on skin, and this is certainly justified on one level I am probably more concerned with the conduct, bearing, demeanour and complete perversion of femininity. The forwardness, attitude and assertiveness of Western womanhood, much worse in America to be sure, is so completely at odds with Biblical femininity it's hard to know where to begin.
And as I've said before to my generation most young men in terms of bearing and speech pattern would have been labeled as effeminate and sodomitical just a generation ago. Walking into a store or bank I feel the oppressive sense that I'm surrounded by girls that are either whores or lesbians and men that are either barbarous oafs or homosexuals.
As a Generation X-er I'm not that old! With regard to my late parents, my father was of the so-called Silent Generation and my mother was an early Boomer, the first child of a World War II era marriage.
My point is these changes have happened so rapidly it's hard to take in and in fact many older people seem to have utterly failed to either reflect on these changes or consider their nature.
Lest I turn wholly curmudgeon I'll cease for the present.
Despite these ominous developments it must be remembered that the late 17th and early 18th centuries were just about as bad and in some ways worse. The development is different. We're not to the point of bare-breasted fashion. Can you even imagine a British royal appearing so as Queen Mary Stewart did in the late 17th century? That would be good Protestant Mary, as in William and Mary of the Glorious Revolution.
The sodomitical fashions of the 17th and 18th century aristocracy have not become mainstream, but it's clear they're starting to return. Men in tights, high heels, makeup and the like are starting to return but it's a long way from influencing the business and ruling class. I say that, but who knows where we will be in another twenty years?
These things go in cycles. The standards of the twentieth century were from a Christian perspective perhaps a bit better but they were more rooted in the Victorian reaction than in genuine expression of Biblical values. The end of the 18th century startled Europe to its core. All the social changes, free-thinking and the like had led to revolutions and war. While they never were able to put the genie back into the bottle, there was nevertheless a concerted effort to reform the manners of society. This was aggressively promoted and led to the hypocritical veneer that is the Victorian Age.
It suppressed things for a few generations and then promptly exploded.
We can probably look for another reaction at some point. Perhaps we're seeing the beginning of it now. But I cannot imagine a movement symbolised by the Duck Dynasty buffoons as bringing about a real return to manners and conservative social norms. People have forgotten what manners and social graces were all about. Even many Christians I've met who go to great efforts to dress up their children (Duggar style) seem to grasp very little of the manners, demeanour and decorum that are supposed to go with those clothes. You can dress up your children but if they're mouthy uncouth and barbarian in their conduct, in conversation, at the table and the toilet then the accoutrements have provided little more than a veneer.
But whatever reaction comes along, even if it's little more than big beards, expensive camping gear, pick-up trucks and camouflage fashion the reaction to this will be even more fervent.
According to Scripture the sins of Sodom were also based on their attitudes with regard to covetousness and lust for money, the self-absorption that led them to despise the downtrodden. Focused on themselves they fell into a pattern of self-deification, self-attraction and self-pleasure as a means to transcendence. Handed over to reprobation their animal even bestial conduct led to a physical manifestation. The dissatisfaction and insatiability of covetousness as well as confusion over place, comfort, role and duty led to an embrace of decadent hedonism and ultimately perversion.
Western culture continues to be its own worst enemy. The Christians who champion the West and the values of Capitalism continue to saw off the branch upon which they are sitting. They would save their culture by promoting the very values that lead to this place of sodomy.
Men wearing make-up and the like are the offspring of wealth, worldly success and self-idolatry. The success, progress and prosperity of the Magisterial Reformation, not to mention the social wars that tore apart Christendom produced the same kind of degeneracy. It's decadence that produces this cancer. This is something Conservatives continually fail to understand.
For further reading:
http://proto-protestantism.blogspot.com/2016/08/macarthurs-warning.html (This article contains a note on Ezekiel 16 and Sodom)