I frequently speak with young people. I am amazed by how many of them spout the things that have been programmed into them by public schools, the media, and the culture itself. It is obvious they have never really thought things through. Without realizing it, they have accepted a view of things--whether we're talking about evolution or socialism or premarital sex--without ever really questioning whether or not it's true or right. My sister taught history and government in Christian schools for a number of years. She was a tough, demanding teacher. Her students were well-grounded in the history of our nation, they knew and understood the Constitution and our form of government. She recently had a conversation with a man in his 30s who likes to think of himself as an intellectual. He made reference to the so-called separation of church and state, simply parroting things he had been taught. When my sister pointed out that he was wrong, he was stunned. She told me she didn't think anyone had ever actually taken him to task for things he has said. She then explained what the Constitution actually says. When she asked him if he had ever read the Constitution, he admitted he had not, that it wasn't taught to him in high school. All he knows--or rather, thinks he knows--is what someone has told him; but he has never actually studied it for himself.
The problem--and it is a common problem that is getting worse--is that most people don't really think. For one thing, it's work; and only those who are in the habit of not doing it think it's easy. So they live their lives according to things they have heard or been taught without ever really questioning those things. Because they live according to the currently accepted standard, it seems the way they live their lives is right. After all, it's how 'everyone' lives. Then a Christian comes along and says that homosexuality or living with a member of the opposite sex without being married is sin, and he or she is labeled as a 'hater.' That very criticism is a non-thinking one. Just because someone disagrees with the 'common wisdom' doesn't mean he is wrong. The common wisdom used to claim that disease was the result of "humors" floating in the air. Although it can be traced to ancient Greek medicine, it was accepted in Western Europe and the United States as recently as the early 20th century. That is why doctors insisted on their patients getting as much sunlight and fresh air as possible.
What happens when people reject God's wisdom--which is largely where we are today--and live according to man's supposed wisdom? To find the answer to that question, all you need to do is look around. Think about it. More children are born outside of marriage than to married couples. Promiscuity is rampant. Drug addiction threatens to overwhelm us. (The average age for beginning to experiment with illegal drugs is now 8 years old!) Our nation is nearly $20 trillion in debt. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are accepted by many people, including the majority of Millenials. While most of those same Millenials are opposed to abortion, nevertheless it's the law of the land. More than 50% of marriages end in divorce. Public education is a shambles. Universities have largely become expensive indoctrination centers. 92 million Americans are out of the workforce. I don't think we need to go on.
Contrast that with God's promise in Proverbs 31:33: "But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." And it is the Holy Spirit who leads us into that place of safety and security when we allow Him to guide our lives.