With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage, social media has blown up with people from both sides of the political isle expressing their opinions. Many in the Christian community have jumped into the cultural fray with commentaries that range from thoughtful, empathetic and seasoned with grace to those that are — well, not so much.
I’m compelled to note that for a lot of people, the outcome of the SCOTUS judgment is a matter of “winners” and “losers.” For me, there are no real winners on either side. Why? Because as Americans, the thing that threatens all of us has gained a greater stronghold on our society.
Whatever one’s opinion, the law has been decided. However, just because something becomes a law doesn’t necessarily make it right – does it? Herein lies the problem. In the ever-evolving ethical climate of 21st century America, the clash between moral relativism and moral absolutism continues. Personal experience and proclivity, however, cannot be the basis of morality – not if a society is to survive. Pursued to its logical end, relativism means anyone can argue the legitimacy of his or her beliefs and behaviors whatever they are or however extreme they may be. Society then becomes the sum total of individual preferences and since no preference is considered morally superior; anything that can be dared will be allowed. Tolerance displaces truth. Indifference replaces religious conviction. The end result is confusion, chaos and cultural disintegration.
In a society sinking deeper into relativism, if Christians don’t accept the opinions and practices of those who favor same-sex marriage, why should the gay community accept theirs? The debate then centers on who can sway the masses, influence the politicians, muster the most judicial votes or win the litigation, not on whether something is morally right and objectively true, and more importantly, who gets to make the rules. Who does make the final decision? Who is the ultimate judge?
During a period of rebellion in ancient Israel when there was no wide acceptance of the laws and precepts God laid out for the health and protection of his people, it’s recorded that “everyone did as they saw fit – whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” [Judges 21:25]. More and more this is becoming the description of America. How do you impose a biblical and traditional worldview on any issue when so many have now become their own god?