Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Judgment: Moral Relativity*
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:6; 21:25 (NKJV)
The state of moral relativity during the years of Israel's judges was a tragic and repetitive theme. The Lord's children disregarded His Words. They were tempted by exciting idols and opportunities they had not known. They preferred pleasure over purity and convenience over obedience.

Therein, men were individual kings, each deciding for himself what was right, each ordering the world as he saw fit, each trying to secure a prosperous life.

But conflicts and battles came by result. Because without God's rule, chaos prevails. The happiness they sought evaded them.

The state of moral relativity in America is not just our theme, but an international rock concert. Even believers now hum their own tunes. Many are tempted by worldly idols and opportunities they shouldn't know. They prefer pleasure over purity and convenience over obedience.

But when God's children disregard His Laws, each deciding for himself what is right, relative to his own circumstances, good and bad blur like lines in shifting sand. And when virtue becomes a sand castle, it's destined to disappear entirely. Happiness becomes just as elusive.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Hollywood enjoys the storylines moral relativity allows. Because shipwrecked lives attract watchers. Maybe you'll perform in such a show, but don't dare to bring it home with you.

Morality isn't relative to any Standard outside of Christ.

## Judgment: Moral Relativity (Part 21)

* Previous 4-Part Devotion Series, Moral Relativity:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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