What is wrong with the statement, “What is true for you is not necessarily true for me?”
I played collegiate baseball in the 1970’s and never took any performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) to improve my play. I was also not aware of any of my teammates that might have been using anything illegal to affect their performance.
I was shocked when retired professional baseball player Jose Canseco announced in 2005 that, “85% of pro baseball players then used steroids.” He further argued that baseball would crumble as a sport if they drug-tested everyone in those days. Sadly, we have come to know that there have been many major leaguers who cheated, lied, and used illegal substances.
The conversation in pro baseball and American sports since Jose’s alarming confession about PED’s has been a good indicator of society’s moral confusion: One line of reasoning has been to “get what you want regardless of the cost – even if that means cheating.”
But how does that jibe with God’s standards of accountability, holiness, and personal integrity?
Read 2 Chronicles 34:29-33.
In many ways, our society is eerily similar to the ancient kingdom of Judah. The Jews of that time had adopted an ever-shifting view of morality and behavior. Not only had they clearly rejected God’s absolute standards set forth in the Ten Commandments, but they literally mocked God by practicing rampant idol worship (2 Chronicles 34:3-7). They had ignored God to the point that they even forgot where the Book of the Law was being kept.
Then the boy king Josiah arrived on the scene.
The writer of 2 Chronicles records in chapter 34:3 that, “While he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his father David.” Josiah set out to clean up Judah and Jerusalem (v 3-8). In the process, the priests discovered the Book of the Law – the first 5 books of Scripture (v 15). Josiah’s response was to read the Book to his entire Kingdom and command the people to “obey the words of the covenant written in this book” (v 31). The result was a moral awakening – sadly, a temporary one – for the nation.
Today, as always, there is only one source of true discernment. It is the best selling Book of all time, God’s Word, the Bible. For a scary consideration, watch The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington, to contemplate what could happen in our world, and the role The Bible plays.
You and I can’t read the Bible to an entire nation. Yet by immersing ourselves in Scripture each day, we can learn who God is and how to live in order to honor Him. We can learn to refuse to compromise God’s standards of holiness. We can learn what life lived well looks like. We can learn what it means to put our neighbor’s interests above our own. We can find the power to live like our Creator, Savior, and Lord. If so, society may take notice of the difference Jesus makes
What is the best time for you to read and meditate on God’s Word? Grow devotionally. “There are no absolutes” is a contradiction. Scripture can help you not to be absolutely confused.
Love is a verb,
©2013 by Mike Olejarz