Even the Communists
It seems the leaders of the nation of China are unhappy about the moral decline in their country. According to a recent article in Newsweek, entitled "China's New Family Values" (August 24, 1998), the Chinese government is concerned about the high divorce rate and "rampant infidelity." "One recent survey showed that 68 percent of university students think premarital sex is 'morally okay.'" On college campuses, cohabitation is common. "Brothels disguised as karaoke bars, massage parlors or beauty salons" can be found throughout China.
Government leaders are so concerned that "Chinese lawmakers are set to approve a new morality code." Under the new law, (1) adultery would be illegal ("possibly punishable by forced labor"); (2) divorce would be "strictly regulated" ("no fault would be a thing of the past, only desertion, adultery and the like would apply"); and (3) engaged couples would be required to wait weeks or months to be married (homosexuals and anyone with AIDS or STDs would not be permitted to marry).
Ironic, isn't it? We, as Christians, committed to New Testament principles of morality, obedience, repentance, and godly living, often feel we are fighting a losing battle in our free country as we encourage fidelity in marriage, denounce divorce, condemn adultery and fornication, and despise the abominable sin of homosexuality. Now government leaders in a communist country are beginning to espouse some of the same values we have long held, fervently preached and devotedly practiced. Would that leaders and citizens of countries the world over would come to know and appreciate and practice biblical standards of morality!