In a Culture Without Virtue, We Have Men Without Chests

By Rob Schwarzwalder

Over the past few days, reports of vile acts of a handful of Americans abroad – among them the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia and the gruesome photos of U.S. soldiers with the torn corpses of dead terrorists – have evoked much commentary, ranging from the thoughtful to the reactive.

Indignation over sordid conduct is normal and a sign that conscience is not wholly dead in our culture. Still, it’s fair to ask why these things should, any longer, shock us.

Our cultural rot, it is fair to say, is far advanced.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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