ÉOMER: The world is all grown strange … How shall a man judge what to do in such times?
ARAGORN: As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another thing among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house. ___ from The Lord Of The Rings-Book Three
Tolkien’s reluctant hero, Aragorn, makes the point that the difference between good and evil are not like shades of gray in a near-infinite continuum, but rather definite, fixed and unchanging realities.
How strange this has become to the present generation. Political correctness demands that every viewpoint, every opinion and each system of ethics stand on equal ground and be equally respected __all, that is, except the system of ethics set forth in the Holy Scriptures. But it no longer surprises that all these other ethical systems (however inconsistent, mutually exclusive, and self-contradictory) are applauded by the masses of humanity.
Society, in advance stages of the erosion of common grace, no longer is able to declare unequivocally that any given behavior is categorically, and therefore always, wrong; dare I say sinful?
Every ruthless murderer shot down by police was, as news stories tell us, “a good boy”. The pastor who “comes out of the closet” demands our sympathetic understanding, rather than righteous indignation when he finally chooses what was “right for him.”
This no longer surprises us. But what ought to surprise us is that such muddled thinking (if thinking it can be called) has found its way into the hearts of multitudes of professing Christians.
Such thinking flows from the mentality of situational ethics, a theory of social morality made popular in the 1960’s by Joseph Fletcher. In the five decades since it was written this Jell-O-like ethic has not only enabled duplicitous souls to maintain the appearance of followers of Jesus but it has surreptitiously clouded the moral judgment of true believers.
Choices which would have been clear-cut in prior generations now befuddle Christians today. “Ought I join the growing church which has many young men and women my age and has two lesbian deaconesses __or the small church which has an older congregation yet has such patent love and zeal for the Lord? How can I know which to choose?”
May our Lord pity His people and call them back to the only sure foundation for their faith and practice __The Word of God!
“For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life” _Proverbs 6:23
Pastor Bob Brown