Dan’s Online Diary 

# 11.10.04 by Dan
It is interesting to note that, historically, the beginning of the decline of civilised society has been marked by an acceptance of, and increase in the practice of homosexual behaviour.
Think of the Greek empire, and subsequently the Roman empire.
This passage in Romans (funnily enough), gives some sort of a Biblical grounds to the above observation.
In the 18th century, Edward Gibbon wrote 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', which proposes that homosexuality led to the decline of the Roman empire. A Google search returns a number of articles and discussions surrounding this idea.

Homosexuality is now an unignorable issue in New Zealand society, with the government implementing legislation that considers and allows for homosexual relationships.
Are we seeing a decline in morality here in New Zealand?
If so, how does this moral decline affect our society?
The passage quoted above mentions homosexuality first (verse 26), and in reasonable detail, but does goes on to list wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice. People become gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless (verse 29 onwards).
We are seeing an increase in obesity, violent crime, youth offending, and many other things that indicate that God is turning us over to our sinful desires.

Yet to an extent, New Zealand is advancing and thriving, with low unemployment, a strong economy - but are these positives merely superficialities, a mask that will soon be pulled away to reveal the ugliness and decay beneath?