Accidentally going out for lunch today, I realized it was Black Friday as everyone and their mother (except my mother) trampled passed me for the best deals.
Likewise, morally speaking, we cannot call someone good — or bad — and we cannot judge some action right – or wrong — without having some sort of standard to judge by. What is the standard that informs us what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong? Where does Christian apologetics this standard come from? What obligation do we have to obey or adhere to this standard — why not simply ignore it? This is called the “grounding question”. It asks the question what is the basis for determining what is good? Furthermore, for this standard to hold any value and have any authority it must be objective and outside of us. Anything else is simply our preferences.
Yes, we should always strive to give God his due worship and honor but still believe he wants us to enjoy many ways of expressing ourselves and participate in many different avenues of entertainment. You should be able to decipher if what you say, do, listen to, gives glory to The Almighty or at least, does not contradict his commandments. The Lord himself went to secular events and listened to music that was not Christian. He said himself, he did not come to save the “righteous” but to bring sinners to repentance. Jesus himself hung out with tax collectors, prostitutes and the like. Never did he judge them but tried to save them.
The brothers had no control in what they did, at any time. There were ruled by the head brother of the house. They were told at all times what, where and what to do. It was a horrible life.
Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has written 30 books, including two of Britain’s most widely used evangelistic presentations, Right With God and the booklet Ultimate Questions. The latter has over fourteen million copies in print in about 60 languages. His major book Does God believe in Atheists?, published in 2000, was voted ‘Best proof for God Book’ in the 2001 UK Christian Book Awards, and immediately became a best-seller, described as ‘a brilliant defense of belief in God’. Other books he has written include: Truth for Life, Whatever Happened to Hell, Meet the Real Jesus, and The Beatitudes for Today.
Those who call upon the legislators to support their particular brand of immorality have a need to review history. Nations did not reach heights of enlightenment when they became collectively licentious. Rather they fell from view either violently or whimpering off into the past with a diminished legacy that is better forgotten. Check out ancient Israel, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome and on and on. When sexual licentiousness and homosexuality were at their peak those nations and kingdoms were falling headlong to their end. I’m guessing here but I’m pretty sure that Americans are most noted for saying that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” I’m not guessing that this is a saying we are not taking very seriously.
We get to bring one thing into the world… we get to bring us. Yes, we are born into social strictures, with familial beliefs, and societal ideologies, but even so, somewhere deep inside, we are given a profound connection to “who we are.” Most of us haven’t spent a lot of time cultivating that connection, and getting to know us, but if we did, we’d discover a wealth of power: The power to love, the power to create, and ultimately, the power to use compassion to make the world around us a better place to live.