I come from a time when there were only two ways of doing things: the right way and the wrong way. Every choice had only two options: right or wrong. Every act was either good or evil.Where did this law come from? It came from a strong moral foundation, handed down to us from our parents, handed to them from their parents, eventually leading back to God, who was (and still is) the ultimate authority. Somewhere during the time I was a teenager this changed and is no longer the case.
Our moral foundation has crumbled from beneath us, our moral compass has been turned upside down. Just as in first century Rome, and written about by St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans: we have become filled:
with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Romans 1:29 – 31
While I could list all the reasons why this has happened, there are others who are better than I at such weighty matters. For my part let me just say that we have lost our focus on God. Also from Romans:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. Romans 1:28
We certainly have done the same thing. We lock God in a closet until something happens and then we ask “Where is He? Why does God let these things happen?” We don’t acknowledge Him which leads us to sin. Trust me I speak from experience.
We have turned every thing from black and white to grey. This moral relativism does not work, it cannot work. If we have constantly changing standards or what is right and wrong, these standards will depend on who has the most power at any one time. What people don’t understand is it is God who always has the most power and it is His laws we need to follow. It is his definition of what is good and what is evil and for those who practice evil, they will not survive. At least not when it counts, judgement day.
Our lives are full of choices, and it is how we make those choices that will determine what will be next. We need to make choices by living with the end in mind. This end is spending eternity in Heaven. There are only two ways – the right way and the wrong way.
There are two paths, one of life and one of death, and the difference is great between the two paths. – Diadache
You can read more about relativism in Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air available from Amazon