Today it appears that there is hesitance to call good and evil what they really are. Many (maybe most) prefer to be indefinite about what is right in contrast to what is wrong in morals and ethics. Some wonder if there really are absolutes in our world today. But in mathematics there are absolutes. 2+2=4. It cannot equal 5 or 3. Prime numbers cannot be other than prime numbers. In medicine we want the practitioners to be right. If the surgeon is removing a cyst from our liver, we do not want him to cut into the kidney. So in morals there is right and there is wrong. Here are just a few examples to think about.
Jesus said this. “They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” John 16:2 People will become convinced that murder is service to God. Indeed there are now people who believe this. Today we hear about “little white lies.” These really are wrong, but many find it easier to tell a “little lie” than to tell the truth. A prominent senator recently said that he had lied, but he justified his lie by saying that he had won apparently because he had lied. Wrong is considered good and right is considered bad.
James said, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17. The final issue then is more than just knowing right and wrong. It is a matter of doing what is right after finding out that it is the right. Many appear to know that a particular issue is wrong but do it anyway. That is folly.
Happy knowing and doing the right.
Dr. Jed N. Snyder is the President, Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc.; and the Pastor at Augusta Street Church, West Columbia. To contact him visit www.jedministries.com or e-mail [email protected]