Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Moral Relativity a.k.a. 'Whatever...' (Part 1)
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:6 (KJV)
The Book of Judges concludes with the story of 'The Levite and his concubine.' It's a tragic story with unimaginably bad decisions resulting in civil war among the Jews. Tens of thousands die. The last words in the Book of Judges repeat the cause of the problems; 'In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes' (21:25).
Today, we call this mindset, 'moral relativity.' In other words, what's good or bad is relative to each person's opinion, lifestyle, friends, leaders, or workplace.
What about the Bible? Many consider God's rules only partially true... or out of touch, dictatorial, and judgmental.
But if we ignore God's rules, then we must follow the rules of other people--or create our own. The result is an extraordinarily dangerous game called 'Follow The Leader.' Our joy, misery, and destiny depend on the leader. Consider the destinies of those who followed a charismatic young politician called Adolph Hitler, or cult leader, Jim Jones?
We might think, 'We're smarter now. We have a free press, the internet, and things like that couldn't happen today.' Such conclusions are naive and uninformed, but let's look at leaders close to home: kids or adults we know who appear powerful, successful, and popular. Many of us follow them. For better or usually worse, their values can become our own.
On the other hand, maybe we are leaders or non-conformists. We create our own set of rules--maybe even write the rules for others. Therein, we become a law unto ourselves. Multiply that moral relativity by millions of 'independent thinkers.' The result? Confusion, division, anger, war, and tragedy.
We are not meant to be an abused and divided concubine. We are meant to be the bride of Christ.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Moral Relativity series.