In July 1967 the iconic English rock band known as the Beatles released a single titled “All You Need is Love”. The “hippy” movement embraced the song and it became the defining song of a summer that became known as the “Summer of Love”. Abandoning the moral values of their parents and voicing an open rebellion to authority and government, a whole generation of youth embarked on a journey defined by the use of psychedelic drugs, “free love” and sex.
It is that generation, the late “baby boomers” now in their 60’s and early 70’s, that has shaped American society by their cavalier disdain of moral values, religion, and law. They have invaded every stratum of government, education, commerce, and media. From governing in the Oval Office of the Presidency of the United States to inculcating minds of 5-year-old kindergarteners, the influence of the “All You Need is Love” generation is pervasive. Is it any wonder they have spawned a generation of selfish, narcissistic youth embracing a socialistic ideology that threatens our society and nation with anarchy?
The “All You Need is Love” generation has so skewed the definition of “LOVE” it has become an excuse for all manner of sin, wickedness and depravity. Liberals in the media, government, and education would have you believe, regardless of what you do and who it hurts, all that matters is LOVE. The measure of right and wrong is no longer immutable truth and undeniable facts, but whether or not one’s intentions were loving.
Love becomes an excuse for all manner of sin. Teens, college students, and adults defend fornication and open adultery with the excuse, “I am in love.” Society accepts homosexuality reasoning, “they love each other.” The LGTBQ crowd demands society accept their sin because that is the loving thing to do. Women are counseled to abort unwanted infants because that is a loving choice.
Some quote Romans 13:8, “…love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law”; however, they fail to read Romans 13:9-10 which identifies the restraints and standards on God’s definition of LOVE.
Romans 13:9-10 – “9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there beany other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
My generation, the “baby boomers”, believed “love is all you need” and are finding too late the heartache and emptiness of a philosophy of life devoid of absolute truth and genuine LOVE.
With the heart of a shepherd,
Travis D. Smith
Copyright 2018 by Travis D. Smith