Meanderings of a Minister


When Is Something Right or Wrong?
June 30, 2013, 6:38 pm
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Now what?

Isaiah 5:20-21 says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness
for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!”
When is something right or wrong? For most of known history, mankind has known that some things are right and some things are wrong simply because they were. For instance, many governments have laws against murder because they have recognized that the taking of a life is wrong. This is known as Natural Law. There are some things that we instinctively know are right or wrong because they go against logic, nature, conscience or some other objective moral beacon. These are the rights and wrongs that historically have been the foundation for law systems throughout the world.
At some point, and it is a bit difficult to nail down exactly when, society moved away from something being right or wrong simply because it was right or wrong. They moved more towards a system where something was right or wrong based on a legal definition. There are numerous examples of this being done. For instance, at one time, many nations recognized that women should not be bought or sold as a commodity, so they passed laws against prostitution and sexual slavery. It was recognized as wrong and laws were passed to make sure it remained that way. Many nations also recognized that forcing someone into intimate physical contact is wrong; therefore, they passed laws against rape, molestation, etc.
At some point along the way, we reversed this situation and moved from this system to a system that said something is only wrong (or evil) if the law says it is wrong. Again, I am not sure when it happened, but we decided we could play with definitions and this would redefine their moral standing. We then chose to legally define things we knew were wrong as acceptable. We thought our consciences would quiet if we legalized it. We began to kill children and call it abortion. Because it was legal, we felt better about it. We began to grant “no-fault” divorces so people could feel better about not keeping their vows (even the name was designed to make people feel better). We began to deny entire generations, and even multiple generations, the incentive to work to better their lives by giving them government assistance with no responsibility and we felt better about it because we had legally dealt with the problem. We took a noble cause of helping the poor end turned it into something that actually can hurt families instead of help them. While some have benefitted greatly, others have been disincentivized. On and on the list goes.
The latest move in this direction will probably be the full legalization of state recognition of gay couples as “married”. Because we will have changed the definition of sexually deviant behavior to “orientation”, we feel better about letting people live in this trap of deception instead of helping them see that the behavior is scripturally, physiologically, biologically, psychologically, sociologically, and governmentally not viable. We have changed the definition of evil to good, so we can feel better about it.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that homosexual activity is any worse of a sin than any other. 1 John 2 says all sin is lawlessness. My point is that no matter what the Supreme Court says, we can’t simply redefine terms and cause God to look with favor on something He has deemed evil. We can’t do it with our greediness, gluttony, slothfulness, or any other sin. Sin is still sin and God is the arbiter, not some tiny men and women in black robes, politicians in fine suits, or you and me for that matter.
Many people will tell you that it is a sad day for our nation because of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage. I simply say that it is a continuation of the sadness that has been ours for some time. The days are getting darker, as scripture said it would. God is still on the throne and we can either get right or get left.

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