Evolving Ethics or a Steadfast Standard?

by Joel Kautt

Perhaps you have wondered why, among many other social ills present in the current American society and culture, crime is increasing, why there is a trend towards the degeneration of marriages and families, and why racist attitudes are still very prevalent.

Many people offer a varying multitude of suggestions as to why such disturbing things are occurring seemingly in an increasing way every day in this great nation.

I submit that America’s social ills, whether they be increasing crime, degenerating marriages and families, racial prejudices, or any other scar on the face of this Nation are just the fruit and not the ultimate root of the problem. Ultimately, the root of these symptoms is the rejection of the Bible, the Word of the Creator God, as the ultimate
authority and standard for the issues of life, whether for the individual, the family, the society, or the government.

This rejection of the Bible as the ultimate authority certainly has had many factors helping to push it along.  However, it has been spurred on largely by the philosophies of evolutionism, naturalism, humanism, and atheism, which all have become so prevalent, and pervasive in Western culture over the past several decades.

While there certainly were exceptions, most members of the early1 American society, viewed the Bible as life’s guidebook.  This widespread respect for the moral standards of the Bible, whether the person was a Christian or non-Christian, resulted in the overall health of society and culture.  Evidence of this included the lower crime rates, stronger marriages, closer families, and a respect for all humans no matter their age, ethnic origin, social level, etc. To put it succinctly, America was more in line with God’s holy wordand will than it is today.

The philosophy of the day is relativism, which is based on humanism, evolutionism and ultimately atheism.  Basically, relativism says, “there is no standard for morality and ethics.” “Anything goes.”  “If you can do it without getting caught, then do what you want!”  This attitude comes from reasoning that in essence says “we created ourselves [through evolution], so we get to decide what is right and what is wrong.”  Although this philosophy is wrong (Biblically speaking, and based upon logic), those who hold to this view are consistent when they reason that if “there is no higher Being to whom everyone is accountable, so everyone has the ‘freedom’ to choose what is ‘right’ for themselves.” Based upon such a view of moral relativism then crime really can’t be considered wrong.  What you may consider “wrong,”
(for example: stealing) may be perfectly fine in my mind.  This illustrates the fundamental difference between man
determining right and wrong based upon their own whims2, or Almighty God setting absolute standards for
law and morality3.

People have come to believe that there is no absolute higher standard.  Society is told there is no Supreme Being (i.e. God) to which all are accountable.  Students are being taught that they are just the products of random chance.

People act upon what they are  taught and what they believe.  Because of bad (unbiblical) thinking, many bad results of
disastrous and detrimental effect to society are becoming more and more prevalent in our country.  This is very concerning to those, like me, who hold to the Bible as God’s Word.

If our society bases its actions on Biblical standards, we will be careful to not steal, murder, cheat, lie, rape, commit adultery, etc.  We will realize that we are accountable for our actions, not only to the human government placed in
authority over us, but in a much greater way to the God who created us and has the right to rule over us.  If humanistic moral relativism is true, then why is racism wrong?  Why can’t we (like Adolf Hitler) do away with certain groups of people that we deem are sub-human (whether the unborn, the elderly, people from other “less-developed” countries,
etc.) in order to advance the evolution of those of us who are more fit intellectually, physically, and socially?

But, if we as a society instead base our actions on Biblical standards, then we will be careful to respect all human life.  Whether unborn, or elderly, light-skinned or dark-skinned, American or non- American, rich or poor, smart or not-so-
smart, etc, because we know that we are accountable for our actions, not only to the human government placed in authority over us, but in a much greater way to the God who created us and has the right to rule over us.

If no higher standard is set for the definition of marriage, then who’s to say that marriage is only between one man and one woman “‘til death do us part”?  Why can’t it be anything anyone wants it to be?  Why not two men, or two women, or a man and three women, or two men, three women and a dog?  Why bother getting married at all?  Why not just
live together for as long as things work out, and when they don’t just move on?

But, if we as a society instead base our actions on Biblical standards, then we will be careful to choose marital relationships wisely, remain faithful to our spouses, and train children up in a God fearing, way, because we know that we are accountable for our actions, not only to the human government placed in authority over us, but in a much
greater way to the God who created us and has the right to rule over us.

The Word of God is authoritative in all matters4 that it covers.  The more America drifts, and even runs away from the Bible as the final Authority for all of life’s issues, the more God will turn over5 this nation to judgment.  Judgment rightly due.  This judgment is and will be  evidenced by such things as a growing AIDS epidemic, rampant divorce, countless shattered families, increasing youth
suicide, infanticide6 by the millions, euthanasia of the elderly and physically weak, violence fueled by racist attitudes, increasing criminal actions (inner-city street crime to Wall Street crime), and so on and so forth.

With a “foundation” of death-driven evolutionary humanism, of “absolutely no absolutes,” of “anything goes as long
as you don’t hurt me,” this society and nation is sure to crumble and be judged by God, just as every other  God-rejecting society in history has7.

What is the solution?  In short, turning back to the Bible – God’s written Word, from the very beginning to very
end, as the foundation for all of our thinking and actions from the highest person in governmental power to the
lowest person in the street.  The Lord God in His written Word says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and
will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Returning to the Biblical foundation will help reverse these disturbing trends in our culture and society, and will lead
in the direction of true righteousness and morality, and to God’s blessings.8

Please join me in upholding God’s Word, the Bible, as completely true and foundational for every, and in every
aspect of life.  And may God grant mercy to this nation by turning each and every person to Himself and His Word.

 

Footnotes:

1 Basically, from the founding of America through the late 1800s.

2 Relativism

3 Biblical Morality

4 Issues regarding the creation of the universe and all life, or the principles and basis of marriage and family, or the definition of human life, or the origin of the worlds people groups, or moral law, etc.

5 See Romans 1:18 – 32

6 Commonly called “abortion.”

7 Read Romans 1:21 – 32

8 See Psalm 144:15; Proverbs 14:34

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