Moral relativism and Sin – I’m better than you if….hmm

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Moral relativism appears to be the buzz concept of the year. So, let quickly explore that concept.

Moral relativism may be any of several philosophical positions concerned with the differences in moral judgments across different people and cultures. Descriptive moral relativism holds only that some people do in fact disagree about what is moral; meta-ethical moral relativism holds that in such disagreements, nobody is objectively right or wrong; and normative moral relativism holds that because nobody is right or wrong, we ought to tolerate the behavior of others even when we disagree about the morality of it. What in the world does that mean?  If I say it is ok to commit an act as long as it does not offend a person’s culture, it is ok. Really? If it is wrong from God’s perspective, it is wrong. If the Word of God says it is a sin, then it is a sin.  It is not righteous if a person of stature does it.

What does God say about morality?  He defines wrong as sin.  Our sense of morality is of no importance to Him. He is just, righteous, and holy.  He does not to measure sin.  What He thinks of sin does not change with the century or culture. So, the bottom line is what does God’s word say about my actions?

  • What does God say about sin? He hates it!
    • Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”
    • Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
    • Lev. 20:23, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”
    • Prov. 6:16-19, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
    • Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds, I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”
  • Who has commits sin?

Galatians 5:19-21  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;    no one does good,    not even one” (Ro 3:10-12 ESV). 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf,    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6 ).

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  • How should the church respond to the construct of sin?
    • The fact is God is holy and righteous that He hates the sinful acts – He does not want to look at a person or listen to a person who just spews out sin (Psalm 5:5; Lev. 20:23; Prov. 6:16-19; Hos. 9:15 (NASB).
    • Therefore when a person compares their sin with another person’s sin, they are using moral relativism to notify us that they are in fact better than the other person. But God’s word says… For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding (2 Cor. 10:12(.  Comparing one person’s sins against another person’s sin is pointless. Sin is sin period! There isn’t one sin that is better than or worse than another sin. One politician’s lie is no better than the other politician’s lie.  One church member’s lie is no better than another church member’s lie.  One Pastor’s lie is just as bad as the other Pastor’s lie.  One Congressperson’s lie is not better than the other Congressperson’s lie. A lie is a lie even if it is told by a Republican compared with a Democrat. In God’s eyes, it is egregious.

Historically we have arrived at a point in time where we are actually measuring sin and we are making our decisions based on moral relativistic guidelines.  That is a dangerous premise on which to base one’s belief system.  It is this type of philosophical construct that led the church to accept behaviors from others simply because it justified our means or accomplished our desired outcome for our enemy.  The Church must judge as God judges.

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