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Drawing a Line in the Sand

02 Oct

Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” (bold added for emphasis)

A pastor friend once told me that I have an “over-developed sense of right and wrong.” When he told me that, it took me awhile to process what he had said. I eventually asked him what he meant and he responded, “You only see things in black and white, and do not have the ability to see things as being in the gray area. Everything with you is either totally right or totally wrong.” My assessment of his criticism is that he was absolutely right! I firmly believe that behaviors and attitudes are either good or evil, right or wrong, Godly or ungodly.

We are living in a day of moral relativism. Simply put, right and wrong are not based upon absolute truths but rather personal choices. What may be right for you may not be right for me. This way of thinking has led to an increase of sexual changes within society; adults living together (and presumably enjoying sexual relations) without being married and individuals pursuing same-sex relationships (homosexuality). While a clear-cut argument can be made from Scripture that these choices are morally wrong, we are being told that one’s personal choice and feelings should supersede the biblical text. We are further told that Jesus would have us to accept the clear violation of HIS BOOK, in order that we not “judge” other people, but love them instead. After all, it is argued, love triumphs all.

To complicate matters, we are also being told that sexual orientation is inherent and not chosen. This would suggest that God set forth a moral standard for His children to follow and yet deliberately created some with an inability to obey it. Such reasoning makes God out to be an unrighteous and unloving tyrant, totally inconsistent with the Deity who is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. This inconsistency is troubling for those who call themselves followers of Jesus. In fact, one believer recently argued that homosexuals do not choose to be the way they are, and then contradicted himself by stating that “we are all sinners”, implying that same-sex folks need to be forgiven as much as opposite-sex folks do. Without realizing it, he had acknowledged that their behavior was sinful, though not any worse perhaps than anybody else’s.

In their book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Geisler and Turek stated that ” A common mistake of relativists is to confuse behavior with value. That is, they confuse what is with what ought to be…relativists confuse the changing behavioral situation with the unchanging moral duty.” (p.182) Unwittingly, many followers of Christ have accepted what is immoral, simply because they do not want to confront their friends and/or loved ones with the truth. Nor do they understand that real love is not dismissing moral truth for the sake of peace, but defending the truth without compromising one’s love for another person. Yes, it is quite possible to “love the sinner and hate the sin” even when the sinner is someone near and dear to us. To be certain, we are COMMANDED to love that person, but part of that love should include embracing God’s moral absolutes, even if it means that we are at odds with those whom we love.

One thing that certainly does NOT change is God’s Word. As the above text pointed out, God has shown the truth to mankind, but we have chosen to suppress it, which means to put it down, hide it and hinder it. In that same passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul revealed that part of God’s punishment (wrath) upon man’s disobedience is that God would “give them up” to do whatever they pleased, allowing their minds to become “debased” , which means reduced in quality. In other words, willful disobedience to God’s moral absolutes results in a mind which is incapable of thinking right.There are quite a few minds today which are not thinking right.

I choose to think right and to live right. I am convinced that the Bible is right and that moral relativism is wrong. I believe that God is good and sin is evil. Regardless of human choices and feelings, God has decreed what is true and what is false. You and I must draw our lines in the sand. Although we have no choice but to love and accept each other unconditionally (and to be consistent with what we believe and what we practice; which is what Jesus taught us in Matthew 7:1-5), we must adhere to those things which are absolute and true. A call to love and be tolerant is not a call to compromise the truth of God.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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