Who decides what is right or wrong?
Rejecting blind deference to authority, many of the young people have gone off to the other extreme: “I would do what I thought made me happy or how I felt. I have no other way of knowing what to do but how I internally feel.”
Barb Nicolosi mentioned this article on Facebook and I had to scoot over and read it. It did not shock me, I suppose, but wow. Wow. Take a few minutes and read through it if you haven’t already. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is a sense of behavioral conduct that differentiates intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). In its “descriptive” sense, morality refers to personal or cultural values, codes of conduct or social mores that distinguish between right and wrong in the human society.
Good and bad. Right and wrong. If people measure those by “feelings”, then what is really at work? The desires of the flesh (that’s something we’ve talked about before…). In other words, society is saying “Whatever I want, whatever makes me feel good, it’s “okay.” This probably doesn’t shock you any more than it did me.
Because that idea? It’s basically hedonism. (From Wikipedia: Hedonism is a school of thought which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).)
But as Christians – especially the next generation of Christians – this should concern us. The thing is, society is having far more impact on Christians than the other way around. To be a Christian, to be a true follower of Christ, well, that means that much of the time, the crowd will be going one way and you will be going the other. The stuff in the Bible, it’s not going to be “popular” because as a whole, it condemns this train of thought in society. The measure of truth and morality and good and bad: that is the Word of God. Not our feelings. Not our desires. Not “what we want”. That is called the flesh. The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing (John 6:63)
As Christians, we must, must, must know the Word of God. We have to let the Word guide us, not our flesh. There is a song that says “This is my daily bread – your very Word, living in me.”
That is our sustenance. Our daily bread. That is the only way our Spirits will live and thrive and be able to withstand the pull of the flesh and the world. Make no mistake. We are at war.
And unfortunately, many believers are standing on the battlefield unarmed and unprepared.
May God have mercy on us. May He give us wisdom and boldness and strength to pursue His truth.
Stand firm. You are not alone.