The article regarding this new moralistic deism had an interesting paragraph:
All this means is that teenagers have been listening carefully. They have been observing their parents in the larger culture with diligence and insight. They understand just how little their parents really believe and just how much many of their churches and Christian institutions have accommodated themselves to the dominant culture. They sense the degree to which theological conviction has been sacrificed on the altar of individualism and a relativistic understanding of truth. They have learned from their elders that self-improvement is the one great moral imperative to which all are accountable, and they have observed the fact that the highest aspiration of those who shape this culture is to find happiness, security, and meaning in life.
Teens have learned well. We have taught them. Our example has been magnified and what we have done in moderation is now taken in excess by the next generation. Incredibly convicting paragraph, but HEY! not to worry, right? In the new theism, “It’s all good!”
This paragraph brings to mind another verse from Galatians:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. People reap what they sow. (Gal. 6:7, TNIV)