In the United States of America we as Americans enjoy many freedoms. We enjoy freedom of speech, expression, religion, and other forms of freedom. The Constitution of this nation exist so that such freedoms can freely exist in order for us to function as a society regardless of our differences religiously ,philosophically, ideologically, or socially. The Constitution is a blessing in many ways, especially in regards to religious freedom where no one faith rules the land nor forces a citizen to convert to the religion of that nation. As Christians we should thank God for this. In the mist of this, however, we as Christians should be grieved over how weak and fragile the Constitution of this nation is when it comes to morality.
We as Christians in this country should understand that where freedom exist, the abuse and misusing of freedom exist as well. Under the Constitution we as Christians have the freedom to do good toward our fellow American through the freedoms of religion, speech, and expression, but also by these same freedoms an American has the freedom to do evil. Because of such freedoms as the ones listed, expressions and speeches of hatred are freely expressed regardless of how immoral they are such as was the case with the Ku Klux Klan. Such evil as degrading black people was protected under the Constitution–and still is– and other kinds of evil speech and expressions are protected by the Constitution today as found in entertainment, media, politics, and religion.
Since our nation’s Constitution protects both acts of good and evil, is there room for moral absolutes? When we look at what is said and done under the protection of the Constitution, the answer is an emphatic no! Whether the founding fathers realized it or not, they formed a document which is relativistic in nature. The problem though is that we are not relativistic beings. We all know there are moral absolutes whether we want to admit it or not. We are all wired within with the knowledge of what is good and what is not good. A thief may steal someone’s car and express no remorse but let another thief rob that same thief and watch how outrage he becomes. Why? Because deep inside that thief knows stealing is wrong. The knowledge of good and evil is ingrained in every single one of us whether we be a Christian, Muslim, or Atheist. These moral absolutes in which we are ingrained with comes from a moral law giver who is none other than God. Where there is no God there is no moral law and where there is no moral law there is no moral absolutes. Moral absolutes are unchanging and absolute, therefore these moral absolutes must come from an absolute and unchanging being.
Such a being as described here can only be the God of the Christian faith. God gave us moral absolutes to benefit us individually and as a community because by nature we are prone to do what is evil due to sin, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Therefore because of humankind’s sinful condition, God gave us the moral standard of what is right and wrong in order to regulate our behavior and keep moral stability in the world. Moral absolutes doesn’t perfectly regulate and stabilize people because everyone does wrong in their lifetime (I John 3:4, Romans 3:23), but what it does do is keep society under control ethically for the greater good of all. Otherwise without it humans would do whatever was right to them as we saw happen in the Old Testament book of Judges regarding Israel (Judges 21:25). Right now in the United States we are not at that point as it was for the young nation of Israel, but we are gradually reaching that point. Under the Constitution rappers can talk about raping women and teaches its listeners how to sell drugs. Under the Constitution the entertainment industry can promote homosexuality, pre-martial sex, lying, greed, drunkenness, etc. Under the same Constitution that gives freedom of religion, one can under that same Constitution disrespect and make a mockery of a persons religion and founder. Under the Constitution unborn babies can have their God giving lives taken from them due to the irresponsible and sinful sexual behavior of a man and woman who wanted instant gratification. Moral absolutes derives from the moral law which comes from The Moral Law Giver who we call God. Moral absolutes must be upheld more than ever before. The Constitution is a failure ethically and must be seen as such even though it is hard to say that as Americans, but as Christians we must respect and be thankful to God for the good the Constitution allows. Yet at the same time we must come to grips with the reality that the Constitution fails miserably from a moral standpoint. Let us as Christians stand boldly for moral absolutes and point them to The Moral Law Giver and His standard of good-which is perfection-and show them their dire need for salvation which is found in Jesus Christ who will free them from sin and damnation to come, “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved(Romans 10:13)'”.
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