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Truth Is an Outmoded Belief

Truth Is an Outmoded Belief

When moral relativism is accepted as the order of the day, there is no such thing as objective truth. All that can be managed is “my truth” – which is whatever you want it to be. 

Let me share with you something that happened last Christmas (though this is not about Christmas, per se). This event is a clear example of how moral relativism almost completely dominates modern society these days. 

Last Christmas, the choir of All Saints with Holy Trinity Church, in England, sang a choir special featuring the song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Only it was not a traditional rendition. Rather, they substituted the words, “God rest you queer and questioning, your anxious hearts be still.” The song went on, “ God rest you also, women, who by men have been erased. Through history ignored and scorned, defiled and displaced.” Lest you think this is a particularly British thing, this amended version was written in the U.S. by Jeffrey Wilsor, and was originally sung by an American choir at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. It is just that the church in England happened to be the one that got the most publicity. 

As you can imagine, there were people who were quite upset, even disgusted, at the rendition. But those who put on the performances were rather happy with the changes. Rather than the biblical message of personal salvation through Jesus Christ, these folks were more interested in promoting a concept of salvation that focuses on social, racial, and climate justice. It is not a Christian message, though they claim that it is.

In spite of the attempt to put the idea of “justice” at the forefront of their message, social, racial, and climate justice do not correspond to “actual” justice. Justice involves the administration of some authority’s will according to principles of just behavior and treatment. But in order to administer justice, there has to be a definition as to what is just and what is not. Beyond that, “actual” justice requires that there be some “objective” definition upon which you can make a call – that is, a definition that is factually true and right. But social, racial, and climate justice don’t have that kind of objective definition. It involves whatever the people promoting it want it to be. It is based on a relative moral foundation.

The very idea of social, racial, and climate justice is based on the notion the there are two basic groups – oppressed and oppressors. The oppressed may be some social, racial, or economic demographic, or, believe it or not, even the climate. The oppressors are those who act in a way that the social justice warriors believe is oppressive. The very concept is right out of Marxism, and its methods are totalitarian in nature. To these people, there is no such thing as Truth. All that exists is “their truth.”

With that as a starting point, they really don’t care about truth. All they are concerned with is getting their way – no matter what methods they have to use.

This is exactly the opposite of biblical worldview beliefs. The Bible teaches that an objectively real God exists who has revealed what is moral and immoral. And that standard of morality is not some arbitrary thing God merely made up and imposed on humanity. Rather, it is an expression of His own character.

It is quite sad that society has devolved into the chaotic mess that exists today. And most of it is directly attributable to the fact that we have given up our adherence to the objective reality of God’s existence. Reality exists in some objectively real way, and any belief that operates outside of that reality, along with the actions that are expressions of it, necessarily leads to a world out of kilter. It is only a life lived in relationship to God, and a society that adheres to those beliefs, that corresponds to actual reality.

It should be the number one priority of Christians to focus on living a life based on biblical truth, and promoting that in society by sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him. That is the only way the ship will ever be righted.

Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books entitled The Truth MirageRules for Christians RadicalsLiberalism vs. Conservatism, and his latest book Shattering the Truth Mirage and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.

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