Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Moral Relativity a.k.a. 'Whatever...' (Part 2)
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)
When my daughters were teenagers, they sometimes answered my rules or requests with that exasperating word, 'Whatever!' Here's my translation:
'Whatever. I have opinions of my own, and I may or may not accept yours--because mom, your opinions are only partially true, if true at all. Besides, you're out of touch with me--like a dictator or a judge, and I can see that your life is messed up, so there.' Ouch. Nailed. Busted.
My daughters were right. I didn't know Jesus, and I didn't read the Bible. I had opinions of right and wrong, and I tried to be a good mom, but I had no compass. Therefore, I was lost. I was out of touch with them. I was a confused and wandering parent who loved her children, but didn't know any absolute truth myself. Kids are smart. They knew I didn't know.
Well, multiply my confusion by hundreds of millions of people, and the product is chaos, immorality, and lawlessness: each man to his own, survival of the fittest--a society that casts out its youth and second class citizens to be 'known and abused' by the lusts of a lawless world like the Levite's concubine. (see Judges 19.) Are my words too harsh?
Consider teenage pregnancy, pornography, divorce, abortion, addiction, suicide, school shootings, and the massive loss of innocence among our children. Consider the hopelessness of the homeless, poor, and imprisoned. Consider the corruption of corporations, politicians and governments. Consider the media.
'In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6). Those days are back.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Moral Relativity series.