If you truly believe that we live in a world where there are no Moral Absolutes I would like you to consider something.
If there is no moral absolutes, if everyone is able to determine what is “right for them” and live according to their own moral standards — then how can we label some behaviors as evil?
- The child molester is only living out what he is deems is “moral” in his sight.
- The man who beats his wife is only doing what is “right” according to his worldview.
- The woman selling her body to support her habit and possibly a child –“It’s the only option” — It’s only “right”.
- A man sets off a bomb in a crowd presumably to advance his ideology — it is a moral “necessity” in his belief system.
Most of us react negatively to the statements above. It is always of interesting to me how quickly the national media will label the actions of a terrorist or mass murderer as “evil”, but will be just a quick to down play any suggestion that God is real or that the Ten Commandments have any validity in modern society. So can we have it both ways?
The disciple realizes that Jesus is correct when when he tells his followers that there are two commands on which all of life and all of the rules for life must hang. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
Morality is not up to the individual to choose. The standards are found in the very character of God — Love and Grace. Drawing as close to God as possible — showing those we meet just how loving a Christ follower can be.