No Absolutes

We clearly live in a society that does not like absolutes. Conversations are filled with statements like these: “you can’t know right or wrong, what’s right for one maybe wrong for another.” ” No one knows what is right for me to do since they don’t know me or how I feel.” “We can’t be sure about anything because there is so much science hasn’t discovered yet.” Some people claim to be unsure of their own gender. A few even claim there gender changes from day to day. Never mind that science discovered there to be only two genders (both evident at birth) many millennia ago. But hey, who are we to set up such absurd absolutes as male and female?
The problem is not merely that the facts haven’t been given to this wishy-washy generation. Its that our society does not want facts. They would rather operate on feelings. If you feel OK about something then its OK for you to do it. Who are we to judge how someone else feels? After all, insensitivity and hurt feelings are the worst things anyone can experience in our society. The problem with feelings is that they can change over time but absolutes never change. So a society built on feelings tends to become very fluid and eventually falls further than anyone ever imagined possible.
Before you try to take the high ground and distance yourself from the responsibility of these societal leanings. This attitude didn’t start last night, we’ve all been programmed this way. Consider these phrases that have been around for years: “Follow your heart” “Trust yourself” “Whatever makes you happy.” At least four generations were raised hearing this message from parents, schools, friends and the media. Is this not “feelings” driven advice?
No one likes to be told they are wrong. No one wants to hear about the negative consequences of their own actions. When a society lives without absolutes, it ends up as in Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
As Christians we embrace absolutes. We have an absolute ruler in Jesus Christ. We have absolute truth in the Bible. Therefore we are not free to live our lives based on our feelings. We base our lives on Christ and his Word. This is what makes Christians stand out in an ever changing world.
A word of caution is in order here for every believer. Just because you embrace Christ and his Word does not mean you can force others to feel the same way. Some Christians want to legislate moral absolutes. You were not forced to accept the absolutes of Christ and Scripture by legislation, but rather by the Holy Spirit. So why try to force others to your position when the Bible calls us to exemplify it every day among them? I Peter 2:12. “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” The absolutes of Scripture apply to Christians and when we embrace them we demonstrate His lordship in us.