MORAL INSANITY, THE URGENCY OF THE CHURCH, AND MAKING WISE CHOICES
To slightly turn a famous Charles Dickens’ phrase, “It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.” In reality, humanity is probably not much worse now than the way the Bible described it early on in Genesis 6:5: “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Yet, something has clearly changed in the moral landscape of America over the past few years. For example, a mere 10 years ago, both Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama said they were opposed to same sex marriage. Now both of them support it.
The speed of the moral revolution is literally breathtaking. Toleration is not enough. Toleration is never enough. Now we must “celebrate” behaviors that virtually all world cultures would have described as abhorrent until only recently. Even the Greeks and Romans did not legalize same sex marriage. Something has shifted under our feet—something big! The moral tectonic plates on which we have stood for millennia have suddenly lurched, and few seem to be asking “Why?” Has morality really changed that quickly? Were all of our ancestors really that ignorant and unenlightened? Are we sure about that? Are we really sure?!
Enter University of Chicago economics professor, Richard Thaler, who recently won a Nobel Prize in economics. Thaler argues that people often don’t behave rationally, and he explains the ways we are systematically irrational. He argues that a lot of our thinking and decision-making is actually based on our need for friendship and bonding instead of truth-seeking. The result is that most of us are quite willing to think or say anything that will help us to be liked by our group. This is why a biblical community is so essential for joy, health, thinking clearly, choosing wisely, and spiritual vitality.
Jesus was clear that wrong moral choices are dangerous—very dangerous! Jesus is clear that if we live contrary to His commands, we will face eternal damnation. So, who are you going to believe: Jesus or the cultural elite driving our moral revolution? This is why we need like-minded people around us to help us with the skill of living. We need biblical preaching and teaching to keep us clear minded. We need like-minded people around us to help keep our moral compass on course. This is where the Church comes in. Trying to go it alone in today’s cultural waters is more dangerous than ever. Without a community of Christ-followers to help guide and support us, we will get confused and discouraged very quickly. We will make wrong choices and self-destruct. Take a cue from the Bible and history, and get involved in the most wonderful community on our planet called “the Church.” As Jesus said, “I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.” Now that’s good news!
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor