Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Relatively speaking

"What is truth?" Pilate asked Jesus (see John 18:37-38).

Too bad Pilate didn't seem to know Jesus's statement in John 14:6--"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life...." And it's no different today. Starting yesterday through tomorrow, Focus on the Family has been broadcasting a 1982 message by Francis Schaeffer, founder of the L'Abri Fellowship, on the rise of secular humanism in our society and the resulting immorality. He even speaks about the judicial tyranny that is overtaking our nation while our legislators and president barely put up a fight. You can go to the website linked in the title to request the tapes or to listen online.

It seems our culture is answering, "You are so right," to the statement uttered in court by Jack Nicholsons character Colonel Jessep in the movie A Few Good Men: "You can't handle the truth!" Unless it's a "truth" that makes us feel good. It's not politically correct to say anything against homosexuality or unmarried couples having sex, for example, and many companies tell their employees to not only tolerate such ungodly lifestyles but also to value them equally with heterosexual marriage. If you want to abort your child or terminate your elderly parent's life, as is the case more and more, it's fine--so they say, even though the Bible says we should value life.

No longer is it the truth that gets many people's attention, or the mainstream media's attention for that matter. It's a matter of what fits with their pre-conceived notion of what they want to be the case. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association took homosexuality off its list of correctable traits. In 2003, they debated taking pedophilia off that list, but then changed their minds. But for how long? After all, as Fyodor Dostoyevsky writes in The Brothers Karamazov:

'But what will become of men then?' I asked him, 'without God and immortal life? All things are lawful then, they can do what they like?'

(and):

For if there's no everlasting God, there's no such thing as virtue, and there's no need of it.

(and this chilling statement):

He ended by asserting that for every individual, like ourselves, who does not believe in God or immortality, the moral law of nature must immediately be changed into the exact contrary of the former religious law, and that egoism, even to crime, must become not only lawful but even recognised as the inevitable, the most rational, even honourable outcome of his position.

I think we are seeing that "honourable outcome" of leaving God out of the picture. We need to stand for truth--God's truth, not man-made--before we see our cultures slouch towards Gomorrah (as Robert Bork might say) become a kneeling in worship of such hedonism.

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