“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”
― Saint Augustine
This quote is just as relevant today as it was when Augustine said it so long ago. The problem today is that right and wrong are subjective terms in our society. What is right for you might not be right for me and vice versa. Situational ethics have become ingrained in our culture, the philosophy having been taught in public schools for over fifty years and are now a normal part of western thought.
The end result of this philosophy is a generation that has no concept of moral absolutes. Issues that are in the news every day highlight this. Things that would once be considered mental illnesses are held up as normal and are even being taught in government schools as things to be embraced. To say that it is wrong for a biological man dressed as a woman to entertain children in a public library during story time invites attacks and accusations of being homophobes or worse.
Young children are being encouraged to explore their sexuality. In one current high profile case, a six-year old boy is dressed as a girl when he is with his mother as she tries to convince him that he is really a female inside a male’s body. His father, not surprisingly, doesn’t go along with this and when the child is with dad, has him dress like a boy. Somehow, we have come to a place in society where anything goes because the mother is being praised in some circles rather than being arrested for child abuse.
Right and wrong. Most of us know that some things are right and other things are wrong. At the same time, we are hesitant to say anything because we do not want to appear intolerant. Where is all of this going to end? In five years, ten years, or even twenty years, what bizarre and perverted behaviors will we be accepting as normal and mainstream? What insane ideas are going to be being pumped into the minds of our children in school?
There has never been a more important time for the Christian Church to stand and proclaim God’s truth. If we don’t declare the truth, who will? If the church doesn’t let society know that there are moral absolutes based on God’s Word we are failing in our duty. Sure, we have to share the truth in a loving way, but we have to preach that God has established a moral law to protect us from ourselves. Some things are right and some things are wrong. They aren’t up for a vote or subject to situational ethics.
As followers of Jesus, may we daily immerse ourselves in His truth. As opportunities arise, may God use us to share his truth with people in our circle of influence. And may the Holy Spirit give us all wisdom to speak life and not death into the decaying society around us.
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