Posted Dec 10, 2019 by Michael L. Brown

It’s always nice to be able to point to the polls when they support your position. But polling, when done accurately, does nothing more than tell you what other people think. And just because you have the majority on your side doesn’t mean you are right. In fact, when it comes to morality, the majority is often at odds with the Bible, which sets the standard of morality for practicing Christians.

But this should come as no surprise.

After all, Jesus famously said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14).

As the related saying goes, the road to destruction is broad.

Ironically, a Gallup article from June, 2018 indicated that, “Forty-nine percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is ‘poor’ -- the highest percentage in Gallup's trend on this measure since its inception in 2002. Meanwhile, 37% of U.S. adults say moral values are ‘only fair,’ and 14% say they are ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’”

So, almost half of the country thinks that the moral values of the country are “poor,” leading to an obvious question: Are we right about our morals being wrong? If so, then why are so many of us immoral?

Gallup reported in May of this year that, “A majority of Americans (63%) continue to say same-sex marriage should be legal, on par with the 64% to 67% Gallup has recorded since 2017.”

As recently as 1996, however, only 27 percent of Americans believed same-sex “marriage” should be legal.

As for same-sex relationships in general (outside of marriage), Gallup reports that in 1987, 57 percent of Americans said that consenting, adult relationships between gays or lesbians should not be legal while only 32 percent said they should be legal. By 2019, those numbers had more than flipped, with only 26 percent saying those relationships should not be illegal and 73 percent saying they should.

The Gallup chart is quite graphic, with the numbers crisscrossing somewhat through 2004 and then becoming an ever-widening gap from roughly 2005.

Are these numbers significant? Absolutely.

Do they point to major social shifts? Obviously, they do.

Are they great news for LGBT activists? Without a doubt.

Do they prove anything when it comes to determining what is moral? No, they do not.

During the time period from 2003 to 2017, support for polygamy in America rose from 7 percent to 17 percent, an even more dramatic shift from a statistical point of view. And it’s up to 18 percent in 2019.

Gallup noted that this “may simply be the result of the broader leftward shift on moral issues Americans have exhibited in recent years. Or, as conservative columnist Ross Douthat notes in his New York Times blog, ‘Polygamy is bobbing forward in social liberalism's wake ...’ To Douthat and other social conservatives, warming attitudes toward polygamy is a logical consequence of changing social norms -- that values underpinning social liberalism offer ‘no compelling grounds for limiting the number of people who might wish to marry.’”

Gallup also observed that, “It is certainly true that moral perceptions have significantly, fundamentally changed on a number of social issues or behaviors since 2001 -- most notably, gay/lesbian relations, having a baby outside of wedlock, sex between unmarried men and women, and divorce.”

Interestingly, Gallup also noted that there were social reasons that help to explain some of this larger leftward shift (including the rise in divorce and changes in laws; another obvious reason is that people have friends and family members who identify as gay or lesbian).

In contrast, “there is little reason to believe that Americans are more likely to know or be polygamists now than at any other time in the past. But there is one way Americans may feel more familiar with or sympathetic to polygamy: television.”

But of course.

And it is television (and movies and the print media and social media) which has helped change public opinion on same-sex relationships as well, along with other moral issues. (I have documented this for years now; for detailed information on TV and movies through 2011, see here.)

A recent article on the Oprah Magazine was titled, “Pete Buttigieg's Husband Chasten Has an Incredible Backstory.” But the article’s more important point was found in the subtitle: “With a win for Pete, Chasten would become First Gentleman of the United States.”

Yes, let’s normalize this concept too: The First [Gay] Gentleman! Let’s get used to this new concept – an utterly wrong and immoral concept – using Pete and Chasten as our lovable role models. It’s the new normal!

Remember: We’re not talking about a female president and her husband, who would become the “First Gentleman of the United States.”

We’re talking a male president with a male spouse who would be the “First Gentleman of the United States.” That’s quite a different story.

Yet it’s a story that many Americans might soon be at home with, which proves that the majority does not determine morality.

Morality must be determined on wholly other grounds and argued for holistically.

When the majority embraces morality, that bodes well for a nation. When it’s the opposite, look out.

As Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

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Swkh310 posted a comment · Dec 11, 2019
Dr. Brown's steadfast support of the amoral creature in the White House disqualifies him from making any pronouncements whatsoever on issues of morality.
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Skeptic posted a comment · Dec 10, 2019
Again, what again is the problem with having a gay couple in the White House? The shift in public opinion points only to the fact that your arguments utterly fail and the Bible lost its relevance when determining moral values. I'd say that this is a win for basic human decency... you want to deny to same sex couples in a loving relationship.
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neptune posted a comment · Dec 10, 2019
I agree with Brown's overall point—good article. Public opinion has nothing at all to do with morality. In fact, believing that it does is often considered "chronological snobbery." I'd also like to point out a couple of other things. In my opinion, more often than not, polling is used to *influence* public opinion rather than reflect it. In other words, most polls have an agenda. So, I'm very skeptical of polls in general—how can you ever know if they're accurate or not? As much as possible, I try to tune them out. Also, Brown wrote: "Yes, let’s normalize this concept too: The First [Gay] Gentleman!" Sadly, this would not be a first. It seems that Barack and Michael pulled the wool over many people's eyes for years. I won't go into all the evidence for this, but it's telling what Joan Rivers said in 2014 just a couple of months before her death. When asked if we'd ever have a "gay" president, she replied, "Oh, we already have it with Obama." Then she called "Michelle" a transgender, concluding with, "It's okay . . . she does them proud." Many have suggested that Rivers was just joking, but if you watch the video carefully, there's *nothing* in it to suggest that. She seemed very sincere, and in fact sympathetic toward the two. And is it really believable that she died a couple months later from complications from just a routine procedure? To many of us, it's not. Anyway, as nauseating as the prospect of a Buttigieg presidency would be, at least this guy has the guts to be up-front about his sexuality, so he's not nearly as dangerous as Obama was (and still is).