The Underlying Threat

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.

moral relativism

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?

1 Response to “The Underlying Threat”

  1. 1 Joanne Couture
    June 30, 2015 at 12:34 am

    This is nothing new, though new to us and disconcerting to see it unravel up close and personal. The Bible and history are both filled with cyclical narratives of God’s people and societies slouching toward the ever increasing moral decay you speak of (everyone being their own god doing what is right in their own eyes) and then eventually comes a consequence, i.e. The fall of Roman Empire, Israel being carried off by the Assyrians and then Judah being carried off by the Babylonians. And for God’s people restoration either in this life or the next.

    I feel like we who are citizens of heaven sojourning here in America, are well on our way to finding ourselves living in Babylon. A foreign culture demanding that we adapt. Not only are we being called to embrace their religion of tolerance but we are now expected to celebrate and approve of things and call them good when God does not celebrate or approve of them and calls them sin. Our not doing so will ironically not be tolerated. Our society and laws were based on a biblical worldview and we had a good run but that is no longer accepted as valuable or true. Only God can change a heart to think so. So, I think we should take a cue from what God had Jeremiah (29) tell Judah before being carried off to captivity as His judgment for ignoring His clear commandments.

    This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

    Daniel lived in this foreign culture that did not honor God, nor follow His commandments. Yet he lived with integrity and in obedience to God and God blessed him and those he served. Of course sometimes this obedience got his friends thrown into a fiery furnace and Daniel tossed into a lion’s den, but they honored God with their lives and their lives were a witness to the truth of who God is and that is eternally valuable. May He give us grace to do the same. May we have moral courage to honor God even when it may cost us big time in this life.

    God through Jeremiah also encouraged His people during their time of living in captivity with these words.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

    We too can take heart. Interesting times we providentially live in. Glad God is in control.

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