Crisis of Leadership

Sex sells. And because it does, it’s everywhere in our contemporary society. Ours is a consumer society, and sales are the life-blood of a consumerism. And sex is the sizzle in our consumer blood.

Here in Marietta and everywhere else we are treated to the increasing number of sex crimes and scandals in the local news. Yesterday, a 71 year-old mobile library bus driver in the Columbus area was busted raping an old woman with Alzheimer’s. Several years ago one of the largest cases of Internet pornography at that time was run by a Marietta College employee. Sexual immorality and abuse at every level in society is rampant. Why is this happening?

Consider the first few paragraphs from an April 5, 2010 article in the National Review magazine, “Bawd and Man at Yale”:

“It sounds like the opening of a pornographic movie: An attractive young teacher saunters up to the blackboard. Next, she ducks behind the podium to slip off her tights. Before you know it, she’s standing topless and bare-chested in front of the entire class, calling for a few student ‘volunteers.’ But this story isn’t fiction.”

“The teacher, in this case, was a porn actress named Madison Young. Young was invited to speak at Yale University in February as part of a nine-day series of lectures, panels, and special events known as ‘Sex Week at Yale.’”

Pardon my prudery, but in many ways Yale University sets the tone and the agenda at many universities, businesses and in society generally. Yale is one of the best universities in this country, and this is what is being served up for our children! This being the case, it is not surprising that Washington and Wall Street are not in sync with Main Street. Sin, like crime, tends to cluster because one thing leads to another. Is the current moral decay of American society any surprise? For heaven’s sake (or perhaps for hell’s sake), we are teaching it to our children!

But the problem is not just Yale. The problem is everywhere because it resides in our hearts. We have no one to blame but ourselves. We can’t fix Yale because we can’t fix one another. The fix must come from a higher plane. The best we can do is point to the real Fix and insist that those in leadership positions be familiar with Him (the Fix).

The problem with our leaders is that they are the best we have to offer. The cream really does float to the top, and in the current situation the cream is actually being taught to be the rot that ought not be. Of course, it’s not that everything at Yale or any institution of “higher” learning is morally corrupt. It doesn’t need to be. Rat poison is 99.4% good, healthy rat food.

As long as “we the people” continue drinking at the trough supplied by the “elites” we will remain as we are—lost in a sea of sin and corruption. Without a change of heart in the lives of average people, a change of leaders will be about as effective as changing out the furniture on the Titanic. If the truth be told, we cannot look to our leaders for leadership because our leaders don’t themselves know where to look for leadership. They are looking to the polls, to us! The top is looking to the bottom for guidance.

Contrary to popular opinion, God’s love for humanity is not unconditional, as Israel learned in A.D. 70 when He destroyed His own Temple and the nation of His own people. God’s own people turned their back on God’s own Son, and provided a painful, historic lesson that I hope we don’t have to learn again. I’m praying for God’s mercy, and fearing God’s justice. You?

[©2010 Phillip A. Ross. Permission is granted to reprint this article in total with the following byline: Phillip A. Ross has served in the ministry for 25 years and is the author of 12 books aimed at helping people better understand the Bible (]

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