Dr. Freedman and Dr. Fraser came up with the widely accepted theory known as the foot-in-the-door technique. This theory explains that when attempting to persuade people to believe or do certain things, you must start by having them agree to restrained and minimal versions of it. Accepting of a smaller point of significance leads to a larger one. Little did they know that they were describing the methodology of Satan himself. The evil one will not play all of his temptation cards at one time because we will be more reluctant to listen, Christians especially. We all see how corrupt and wicked the world is today. The world mirrors Sodom and Gomorrah. This didn’t happen overnight though: it was a very long process with key transitional periods.
For America specifically, our founding was biblically based and our values aligned with those of the Word for the most part. Over time, these have been undermined by the demon. In each situation, you have a pattern of initial abhorrence to a practice, idea, etc. It is followed by tolerance, then acceptance, and finally open practice.
The most note-worthy example is the timeline of America’s view on homosexuality and the LGBT community. Less than a century ago, it was widely considered immoral and not something to even tolerate. Tolerance was an easy transition and an acceptable one because we do not hate these people. But then we get to acceptance where we start altering the Constitution and declaring gay marriage legal, which it is. It’s still not enough for the demon though. He wants it to be promoted. So here we are today, where nearly every form of media is used to promote and honor homosexuality. You see it on popular shows like Walking Dead and many others. You see it in new blockbuster movies now: I’ll guarantee that they make a gay Marvel superhero movie one day. The demon is also focusing efforts on his most effective demographic: children. Disney is now featuring cartoons with homosexual kissing scenes and the new Beauty and the Beast movie will feature a character with homosexual feelings for the main antagonist. If these media organizations had attempted to make a move like this decades ago, they would have been boycotted and suffered major financial losses. But through the process of gradualism, they are now free to promote the open practice of this sexual sin. We shall soon find that the percentage of LGBT minority members will continue to rise.
From a broader point of view, the media today is all but modest. We are bombarded with explicit images of sex, innuendos, drugs, drunkenness, etc. 50 years ago, it would have only been tolerated in a limited sense. You see how times have changed where an R-rated movie decades ago only contained a few curse words and slight innuendos, and now these aspects are prolific in all movies. A movie like 50 Shades of Grey or Magic Mike would have never succeeded like it has today. Society has bred this acceptance over a long period of time. Unfortunately, our favorite movies/stories that are interesting are filled with these things so it makes it difficult to see an interesting plot played out by award winning directors and actors and not be subjugated to all of the filth that now goes with it. It’s not just movies either. All of the popular pop, R&B, and hip hop songs these days are centered on these worldly desires.
Finally, take a look at the state of the traditional family unit today. Out of wed-lock childbirth has skyrocketed over the decades. Accidents happen of course but I am speaking in terms of people opting to simply maintain their relationship as it is to have kids instead of getting married first. At first it was something really frowned upon but over time it has become an accepted norm. The family unit of husband/wife has been under siege by the demon. So many children grow up without fathers in their lives. The role of a father is tremendous because it gives children an understanding of what the Heavenly Father’s love is like, his authority, and his teaching.
There’s not much we can do to change this process of gradualism on a large scale at this point. It is so entrenched today in full force that it only spells of the coming day when He comes like a thief in the night. What we must do is stand firm and resist this wide-spread attack on society to ensure that its poison has no effect on us.
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.