In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
The Book of Judges ends with a story. It's called 'The Levite and His Concubine: an unimaginably tragic tale of bad decisions causing civil war. Greats numbers of God's chosen people die. Even worse, they die fighting each other.
The last words in this Book repeat the cause: 'In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes' (21:25).
A.K.A. Moral Relativity. This term means: What's good or bad, right or wrong, is relative to personal judgments, opinions, values, habits or culture.
What about the Bible? Even Christians are divided about which Words are true. Is it all.. or some? Are They out of touch?
But if we skip God's Rules, then we follow other people's rules. Or create our own. This process becomes a dangerous game, a grownup brand of Follow The Leader.
In it, destinies are tied to strange whimsies. Consider the endings of those who loved a charismatic politician called Adolph Hitler- or the cult king, Jim Jones.
We might believe we're much smarter today. We have a free press and the internet. Such horrific things just couldn't happen. Yet they do. So let's not remain naive. Tyrants and conspiracy theorists continue to harm the easily swayed.
What about celebrities we admire? Business giants or religious leaders? Legions of fans embrace their examples.
Maybe some blaze trails and do their own thing. They make new rules or paths others copy. If so, they become laws unto themselves. Multiply moral relativity by millions of independent thinkers. The result?
Confusion, division, heartache and war. All of this and more happens in the world.
But the church? God didn't call us to be an abused and divided concubine. Instead, we're called to be the bride of Christ.
## Moral Relativity: The Divided Concubine (Part 1)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. 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 Moral Relativity series.