Saturday, April 20, 2013

Opinions and Absolutes

Opinions and Absolutes
For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works
are done in truth.
(Psalm 33:4)

We are adrift in a sea of opinions. We are dictated by opinion polls. Leaders poll the people and maintain their political career based on the polls. Relativism has taken us to the brink of anarchy. It certainly has delivered us to the stage of people “doing what is right in their own eyes.” Presidents, congressmen, state leaders, community leaders, all pay homage to the press, the media, and the onslaught of politicized entertainment.
Our society is the proverbial “Frog in the Kettle.” The frog is cold blooded and can adapt as the temperatures change. So, the frog has no idea it is being cooked until it is too late. We are being cooked by strong movements which by media blitzes, TV roles, movie roles, news presentations, have twisted the minds of the populace. There is little push back since relativism can convince and dress itself up in many robes of tolerance, freedom, and rights; then turn and vilify an opposing opinion or stance as narrow minded, bigoted, intolerant, abusers of rights etc.
As long as we stand on opinion, the masses will rule. When you have a dumb downed society and the masses basically illiterate, the perpetrators of opinion will rule through the barrage of media opinion. Sadly, this all sounds so like the days of Hitler as the world moved toward a world war.
Absolutes, which I mean as truth revealed, can guide a society, provide parameters of decency and order, can determine what is right or wrong. Law is supposed to be based on immutable principles. While we have our culture tearing down the ten commandments, the world thinks that the Judeo-Christian moral is passé. However, the ancients had similar codes, such as Hammurabi’s Code which had very similar laws. No society can be sustained without laws that protect and guide the moral fiber of the people. Decency, order, constants, all provide a safer society and protection of the constituents.
We hold that the Bible provides the absolutes that can guide a nation and cause it to prosper. The laws contained within provide a guide to good living, safe families, and moral leadership. They have guided societies and nations for centuries and have succeeded.
For Christians, the landscape of life has become more difficult. To stand for absolute truth is contested in most venues. To state that there is truth that is absolute, undeniable, firm, and backed by a living God causes educators, politicians, and media to recoil in anger. But this is not a time to waffle. It is a time to stand. The accusations which will be hurled at the firm believer will come. But standing on the word of God and his immutable laws will be rewarded by Him and every society that follows Him is blessed.
While the world asks, “What is truth?” we can answer that truth is a person named Jesus. In the end, truth will prevail. In the end, opinions unchecked and followed, will lead to confusion, anarchy, and judgment. The church cannot pretend anymore. We must absolutely speak the truth.

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