How Should the Church Respond to the Ever Changing Standard?
When truth, which is the foundation of the meaning of life, has been attacked and redefined to mean anything different than its intended meaning, we get a world in which we currently live.
What is right and good is not always determined by the majority vote, nor is it always judged accurately by those who speak the loudest.
What is right and good is measured against truth. That which determines right and wrong is measured by God, Himself, and the book He gave us.
“But I don’t believe in that book, nor do I believe your God exists,” says the growing number of people in this world. So how is right and wrong determined with them? Just because God doesn’t exist in their minds doesn’t mean a standard doesn’t exist. A standard must exist.
But they make one up by their experiences, books they read, people who influence them, fear of being labeled anything they hate. These are the ingredients that make up their standard. And these ingredients can be different for the 6+ billion people in the world. And as generations pass, the standard changes.
This is true because truth is now commonly held as relative. Fact has been replaced by feeling. Good has been replaced by evil, and it is called good. Even many Christians have reshaped their standard of right and wrong this way.
The question remains of what the Church should do. There seems to be 2 different paths to take regarding the Church’s response. Some ask the question, “How do we reclaim our country?” While others ask, “How do we further His Kingdom?”
One might say the 2 overlap, however we can not overlook the fact that the first view is a response with a worldview that is here and now, and the second view is a response with a worldview of the afterlife… a.k.a., eternity. The Kingdom.
The first view focuses on policies and behaviors. The second focuses on the heart. Maybe the best answer lies in the fact that when we hold to a worldview of eternity, then “reclaiming our country” may follow suit?
Jesus didn’t come to reclaim a country. He came to reclaim people. He didn’t come to change the behavior of man. He came to bring His Kingdom. But when He left, He left with strict orders for His disciples to continue what He started.
And that which He started included massive amounts of love. Jesus did not show anger toward the “unrighteous government.” He didn’t fight against the nasty politicians. In other words, He wasn’t interested in putting bandages on a massive heart-attack. He came to heal the heart, itself.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t bother to be involved in politics. I’m not trying to persuade you to forget about politics. But I believe we’re wasting efforts on the wrong things.
I must now ask myself the question: Am I loving the people in the world like Jesus loves the people in the world? Or am I trying to change the world to fit my standard…
…by trying to change the behavior of people. (Which is utterly futile.)
Another way of putting this is Have I created my own standard to determine right from wrong? A standard that fits my desires? My rules? What would happen to that standard–my standard–when I apply “mercy triumphs over judgment” to it?
God’s standard of right and wrong does not fight people, except the self-righteous religious leaders. God’s standard is driven by His love that fights for people. That’s why the ones who were the recipient of Jesus’ harshest words were the self-righteous religious leaders. His anger was toward those who had taken God’s standard and added rules and twisted its purpose–a purpose that pointed to the need of the Savior.
Yes, the purpose of their standard was bragging rights.
God’s purpose of His standard is redemption.
There’s only one standard. It frees people when it remains in its purest form. Don’t change it.
And see God work.