Whose Values? Whose Morality?

If you have wondered how far our amoral culture could sink after promoting same-sex marriage, this gives you a glimpse.

Nick Cassavetes, director of the popular romance movie ‘The Notebook,” was at the Toronto Film Festival last week promoting a new film, “Yellow.”  The lead character, Mary, visits her brother in prison and soon the two are engaged in an incestuous relationship.

In an interview with The Wrap here is Cassavetes take on the plotline. “This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want.”

“Who gives a (care)? Cassavetes said, ”if people judge you?”  Then he adds, “I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a (rip)?

But maybe the Hollywood Director’s  most telling remark was “Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

Isn’t this what some of us have been saying for a long time?  If you abandon God’s marriage law of one man for one woman, who’s to judge you if you want to marry your brother or sister?  Or mother or father?

This week I’m preaching a series of lessons entitled “Building Your Life on Values that Last” at the Christian Home church in Butler County, Kentucky.  On Sunday morning we raised the question, “What Standard Will You Choose?”

I don’t know who coined the term, but our culture today suffers from “Truth Decay.”  People don’t value truth.  They value convenience.  They ask, “Is it easy?”  And “Does it work?”  It’s called pragmatism.  Fifty years ago there was a general agreement of what was right and wrong in society.  Homosexuality was a perversion. Incest was repulsive.  Adultery was a sin.  Marriage was ordained by God to be between one man and one woman.  Not anymore. Not today.

What happened?  Why?  People today live by different standards.

Today our society values Individualism.  It says I must live for myself.  Be true to myself.  I can only know what is right and wrong for me.  It’s really saying that “I’m my own god.”  This attitude is illustrated by a popular sitcom where a mother was advising her teen daughter about becoming sexually active.  Her advice?  “You will know when it is right for you.” Of course this is nothing new.  In the days of the Judges “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Jud. 21:25)

We have become a very secular society.  Secularism seeks to keep religion out of public life.  So for the past forty years we’ve systematically been removing God from schools, government, and media.  And in some cases even churches! People like Tim Tebow are criticized for talking about Jesus.  Christianity is ridiculed.  Preachers are disrespected. Politicians are not supposed to talk about their faith.  Our day sounds a lot like Paul’s description of the Gentile world in Romans 1:18-32.  It is depicted by the words “depraved.”  “Debased.”  “Defiled.”

Thirdly, we live in an age of relativism.  We are repeatedly told “there are no absolutes.”  Which sound a bit like an absolute to me! It means that what is truth for me may not be truth for you.  And what is truth for you may not be truth for me.  It’s all relative.  It’s a way to remove guilt.  It’s lowering the bar so I can clear it and feel good about myself.  The fact is this: Truth is narrow.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The issue for us is not how can I change society?  But how can I live a life of value in a world that doesn’t even know what is right and wrong anymore?  Of course, the answer is to rebuild the foundations.  Return to the Lord. Seek the old paths.  Stand for truth.  Be guided by the light of His world.  Know the truth that will make you free (Ps. 11:3; Jer. 6:16; Ps. 119:105; Jn. 8:32).

It all comes down to a choice.  Several years ago Newsweek Magazine summed it up with a cover story that asked “Whose justice? Whose morality?  Whose community?  Whose family?  Whose values?”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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2 responses to “Whose Values? Whose Morality?

  1. Sandra Jo

    Ken, I know you meant to say in your 8th paragraph that marriage is meant between a man and a woman. You have an error there. Aside from that, your blog is scarry, it is so right on to what is happening. There have been many comparisons to the U. S. and the fall of Rome. Our lights can shine ever brighter over the darkening from sin!

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