Relativism in America

A Lesson from Judah

How many remember when churches only had wooden pews with no padding? Do you remember when cars, houses, and churches had no air conditioning? I remember as a boy that if we lost the key to our back door, we went down to the five and ten cent store and bought another one—you simply had to tell the clerk if your key had one, two, or three prongs on it.

I like the progress we have made materially, financially, and technologically. Most people living on planet earth have never used a typewriter, and if you don’t have a computer it seems like you are out of sync with society. Are you feeling old yet?

The old slogan said, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens.” When the prophet Jeremiah spoke, no one listened! If we were to go back in time 2,000 years, we would be in the time that Jesus lived on the earth. If we go back about 600 years before that, we would have the setting for God speaking through Jeremiah to the nation of Israel.

God chose the Israelites to be His people. They were given a promise of land through Abraham, and they were promised a King, Jesus Christ, to sit on the throne of David. They were also given God’s Word, the Bible (see Romans 9:4, 5). God gave them, as well as us, plenty of principles and commands that are to be obeyed.

Unfortunately, Israel wasn’t interested in what God had to say: “The Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10b). Things got so bad, and they became so comfortable in their sin, that they were not ashamed and they didn’t even blush because they felt no guilt: “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush” (Jeremiah 6:15a).

Although Jeremiah 6 was written some 2,600 years ago, do you see any parallel today? How does this happen to a society? Sin left unchecked starts the hardening process: “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). We must be ever vigilant to not let sin calcify our spiritual arteries.

What is happening in our society today? If there were ever a day for Christian sentinels to take their posts, it is today. And may I say, if you are not vigilant, you will simply become a statistic.

Webster defines relativism as, “The doctrine that knowledge or truth is relative and dependent upon time, place, and individual experience.” Relativism teaches that there is no such thing as any kind of transcendent absolutes, like the Bible, because that would presuppose the existence of God, which is contrary to their doctrine. One author wrote, “Relativism refers to a theory or philosophy which argues that abstract values like truth, beauty, and morality are not absolute, but rather that they are dependent on the culture in which they exist.”

Robert Knight said in his book, The Age of Consent: “Relativism destroys the soul of culture by whispering in a thousand ways that… morality is entirely subjective and therefore situational.”

Contrary to popular opinion, truth is not relative! The Bible is the Word of God and is the final authority for everything having to do with life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Everyone has some final authority in life, be it their conscience, their intellect, their religion, their parents, or their culture. However, there is only one final authority to prepare you for eternity and that is the Bible.

In Jeremiah 6:16 God told Judah to, “Ask for the old paths, where is the good way.” Don’t you get sick of our politicians and court system trying to tell us what is right and wrong? I don’t need a decree from the Supreme Court to decide what is moral and what isn’t. The Word of God, as we know, never changes.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the old path of commitment in marriage again. What part of, “til death do us part” don’t people understand? This is the same attitude the people of Israel had: God put down His law, and they followed their own.

May God give us the old paths of righteousness, purity, and holiness. Robert Knight also wrote, “The very existence of the church is inconvenient to those who want to indulge in debauchery. The church is a reminder that there may be eternal consequences for rejecting God and embracing sin. The only way to get around this unwelcome nagging is to make the church disappear, [or] make it irrelevant.”

The Bible says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The good news for the adulterer, fornicator, homosexual, porn reader, drug addict, drunkard, liar, rock-music lover, rebel, unsaved, and worldly Christian, is that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood to provide each of us with forgiveness.

He has promised to transform our lives when we put our faith and trust in Him and His infallible truth.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.” Hebrews 13:8–9

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