The first time I visited overnight in the city I was about ten or eleven years old and one of the scandalous things I was confronted with was that people actually had bathrooms in their house. I mean in the same place where they lived, cooked their meals and everything ! A year or two later, we moved to Dallas from a somewhat primitive house in the country near the Red River north of Burkburnet, Texas. We didn’t have electricity, we hauled our drinking water, we had an improvised shower, and as I have heard since then it was “three rooms and a path.” The facility at the end of the path was built by the W.P.A. and we were very proud of it because it had a concrete floor.
People who have lived all their lives in town don’t really know what becomes of sewage. They pull a lever and modern technology performs a magic act. This makes me wonder if there is not a similar thing happening in the spiritual realm.
Our present day culture is filled with moral sewage, decay, and decadence. Our homes have piped in profanity, vulgarity, fornication, and all manner of impure living. Not only is it brought in via our T.V.s, it is glorified and glamorized and the impression is left that “everybody else is doing it and where have you been?”
We know where this moral sewage goes! We punch the remote and it disappears from the screen but it shows up in the headlines of our newspapers. We see it in the headline concerning sexual assault committed by juveniles, drive-by shootings by teenagers, addiction to drugs and alcohol, disrespect of authority and anything, even everything that is sacred and godly.
Even among church people there is a winking at many of the teachings in the scriptures that admonish us concerning moral decay. The apostle, Paul, said
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light.” Ephesians 5:11-13.
There is a physical law of conservation of matter. What seems to disappear, shows up in another form, with all its elements separated and perhaps even invisible but still in existence. Literal sewage follows this law. And moral sewage also.