I was scanning through radio stations this afternoon and caught a moment of Rush Limbaugh’s daily broadcast. At that particular moment, he was describing a phenomenon in the political world that we are seeing all to often in our society in general. It seems that anyone who holds strong, firm beliefs in, well, just about anything and who isn’t afraid to speak up about them is viewed as being abusive, narrow-minded, critical, etc. Our society has literally become so caught up in trying to not offend anyone that no one is allowed to hold an opinion about much of anything at all.
This same trend has infiltrated Christian circles to an alarming degree. I can’t count the number of Christians who criticize other Christians for holding firm beliefs about Biblical truth. Christians who know what they believe and why and who are willing to tell that to others are condemned outright, are viewed as dangerous, and considered naive and foolish for thinking that their beliefs are the right ones. How in the world did we ever get to this point? Are we not allowed to believe in absolute truth? Are we not allowed to belief that we can actually know what truth is? I just find it so sad and frustrating that I can come to conclusion about something, based on facts and actual data (God forbid!), and then be criticized because I’m not being sensitive to
someone else who might happen to hold a different view. It just seems so strange to me that we can’t agree to disagree, that we can’t share good, constructive fellowship in spite of our differences, and that we almost seem to be working harder at disunity than at creating a wholesome, loving, and single Body. It’s no wonder that churches in America aren’t accomplishing much anymore. I think we’ve lost sight of our Goal.
This whole business with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s performance at the Super Bowl this past weekend has sparked huge controversy internationally (even the British are marking remarks). Did they violate obscenity laws? Is TV becoming too lewd and crude? What is it really that big of a deal?
The whole problem with this discussion is that one side of the argument insists that morals are a human construct, and that, subsequently, morals change, even ‘evolve’. On the other side of the argument is that side that declares that morals are constant, that they haven’t changed since the Ten Commandments were handed down (to use the words of the notable Rush Limbaugh). As Christians, we stand on the moral absolute side, yet sometimes I wonder if we don’t forget that we are often talking to people who don’t believe in moral absolutes. We know right from wrong because it is clearly spelled out for us in the Bible, and we need to remember that we are talking with people who, just because they weren’t offended by the display (and by continuing downward spiral of morality on TV), don’t believe it to be morally objectionable.
In the long run, the goal is the same as it always has been. Win souls to Christ. Encourage the saints. We aren’t going to change people’s minds about morals without first introducing them to the One who established morals in the first place.