Along with the the overwhelming vast majority of people, the actions of this past weekend thoroughly disgust me.
Yes, I stand against racism, which is a subset of overall hate. I have no patience for people who judge by the color of one’s skin. Truthfully I have no patience for any type of hate. I could list dozens of Scriptures concerning this, but I think it is better done by Bible.org here: How to Handle Hate There you will find loads of Scriptures.
But something else is really, really bothering me.
I know, it is an old school concept that Christians from the 80’s and 90’s were all worked up about. But the reality of situational ethics, that is the idea that some actions can be considered right or wrong, depending on the situation, puts man at the center of right and wrong instead of an almighty God, who has given us the Bible to help us navigate right and wrong.
Situational Ethics says if a child will be born with a problem like Down Syndrome, then it is OK to kill the pre-born baby.
Situational Ethics says stealing may or may not be wrong, depending on the situation.
So what has me a bit confused as of late is how people decide which leaders and historic figures are or are not moral. There does not seem to be any guiding principles as how to decide this.
So somehow, someway, situational ethics apparently says it is wrong to support Robert E. Lee but it is not wrong to support Che Guevera.
I am no Lee fan. I think idolizing him is obnoxious as he desired to preserve slavery and agreed to fight against his country. I have made this point before. I have called for the retirement of public displays of the confederate flag because it is divisive. But I also want to say that the new hatred for him by the very people who have lacked any moral disgust for some very immoral characters is a bit disingenuous.
How about we do what Martin Luther King, Jr. said – “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Again – I am NOT defending Lee. I am saying that we need to judge all people by the content of their character.
I ask the question “How is it that some very bad people are praised by the academic and political elite?” I have concluded that it has nothing to do with who is good and who is bad, but is completely political. The use of hate for political gain.
Some will criticize Christians for our radical stance on grace and forgiveness of sins. They will argue that there are people who should not be forgiven. But the Gospel is foolishness to them who do not believe. At the same time, Christians should never participate in situational ethics deciding who is “good” and who is “bad” and thereby who should be hated for political gain.
Content of their Character – now that is a good standard to apply – for everyone, everywhere!
Basic truths are not situational.
I have said it before and will say it again – our country is in desperate need of a heart revival. May God move upon our hearts.
If you are a Bible or philosophy geek and would like to read more on this subject you can do so here: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/55-critical-look-at-situation-ethics-a