Sarah and I read an article online last week that was printed in the Los Angeles Times. It posited the idea that children raised in secular homes could have a morality just as great, if not greater, than those raised religiously. For those who were church Sunday, I referenced it briefly in my sermon.
The contents of the article were problematic, to say nothing of the author (a professor of secular studies wrote the piece…any potential bias? Not that I am without my own bias, of course).
One of the points of the article was it said that children raised in secular homes were more likely to see the science behind global warming, and be supportive of women’s rights and gay rights.
This speaks to an obvious problem. The Bible speaks clearly as to why Christians do not support homosexual rights. Without sidelining the present post too much, the Bible calls homosexuality a sin, which explains why believers do not support it. For that matter, many other religions (since the Times article was concerned with religion vs. secular) believe homosexuality is wrong as well.
The other obvious difficulty with the article is that it is creating moral measuring blocks, based on cultural values, then using those as the absolutes.
We who are Christians know we have to believe what the Bible teaches, whether it is currently trendy to do so or not.
It goes up and down. One particular issue brought up in the article (homosexual rights) has changed vastly in the past half century or so. There is no doubt that 50 years ago the average “non-religious” person would not feel the same way about homosexuality as they would today. Hopefully Christians would believe the same.
Trying to chase secular values is like trying to hit a moving target. The values of society change. Changing with them can be a bit of a challenge.
For Christians, though, we have a fixed point, an anchor. The Bible has not changed. It remains the same. We can see that as God’s values, and pursue conformity with it. While this might look different in some eras of history (how are we godly with computers), the text remains the same. The goal remains the same. Our God remains the same.
Without a fixed point, values are up to debate and change. The culture is always moving. Moving targets are more difficult to hit than a fixed point. A person who desires to be just like the culture in their values might be shocked at what they believe in a few years. It could all change again.
It’s hard to be in the minority. Sometimes, I think Christians wish they could just give up the fight. But there is comfort with our God. He is there, and He doesn’t change. This is of great comfort. If a believer is anchored to God’s Word, then they can be protection against whatever might be trendy to believe in a few years. Since we don’t know what’s next, it’s best to trust God.
Until next time, in Christ,