From 1995-2005, the Barna Group tracked the views of American on moral relativism. Fewer than 32% of Christian adults believed in a universal truth and only 9% of Christian teens said they believed a universal truth even existed. Unfortunately, this statistic hasn’t changed much since then, even among ‘born-again’ adults.
In 2014, Pew Research Center did a study finding that 29% of Americans believe premarital sex is morally acceptable and 36% said it’s not even a moral issue. 65% of the population we are raising our children in. Again, 23% believe homosexuality to be a valid lifestyle and 35% said it’s not even a moral issue. Again, over half of the population we are raising our children in and that was 10 years ago. There are many other moral issues in our culture that are not seen as such and this thinking has crept into the Body of Christ.
As Christians, we should believe in a universal truth. Not one set by the culture, but one that is set forth by God. God’s truth is and always will be a moral truth. It’s not something anyone can just make up on their own. God’s truth is a standard of measurement for our lives. In reality, it is the only universal truth. Jesus did not come and say in John 14 that he was ‘a’ truth. He is the truth and if anyone has seen him, they have seen God. Therefore, Jesus believing Christians should and must believe and act in moral truth.
Logically speaking, the bible has been proven again and again that it is historically accurate. If that is true, then the other information contained there-in must also be true. If it is the God of the Hebrew nation that brought and taught ethical living, then we can believe that the same God that sent Jesus to us expects those who come to Him, through Jesus, to have ethical standards. Standards that go against the culture.
It is difficult to navigate the culture as a follower of God. We read about it in Genesis with Sodom & Lot, in Esther, in the Gospels where the culture murdered the Messiah. Please, brother and sisters, do not let the culture dictate your actions. There is a moral truth and a standard of intolerance (in dignity and love) to the worlds’ ways that we as Christians must live by. Solomon, a man who tried to find peace and happiness in the world through pleasure, accomplishments, work, wine, and money says this, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. This message sounds urgent because I believe it is urgent. Guard yourselves and guard your children. A life of persecution is better than an eternity away from God.