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Popular opinion does not set morality

When taking a stand on abortion, a believer is met with opposition through statements such as, "What right do you have to push your morality on the rest of us?"

Today, there is a vast opinion that morals are subjective. In other words, they are related to an individual's desires or circumstances.

The irony is most people who denounce Christian morals in turn actively push their own new morals on us. TV shows such as "The New Norm" are perfect examples of this.

In his book "The New Absolutes," William Watkins says the Christian absolute on life is: "Human life from conception to natural death is sacred and worthy of protection."

On the other hand, the new absolute of today is: "Human life begins and ends when certain individuals or groups decide it does, and is valuable as long as it is wanted."

Notice that both of these statements issue a form of morality. One is based on the Bible and who God is and the other is based on human desires. One comes from the commands of God, the other from the so-called rights of a person.

This we see throughout our culture. We are told to be "politically correct" on abortion rights, feminism and homosexual rights. Say or do anything which goes against these ideals and you are labeled morally wrong. If this is not pushing morals on others, then nothing really is.

The issue is really not if our culture has morals to follow, but what set of morals should our culture follow? Do we want morals set by every changing fallible man who is often wrong? Remember, Nazism was politically correct in Germany at one time. Moreover, if human rights shape our morals, will pedophiles be fighting for rights someday?

Our only real option is to turn to a right, holy, inimitable God for our moral values.

Jim Hale


Hale is director of communications at The Christian Resource Center located in Beckley.



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