By: Stephen Vaughn
Postmodernism has swept America. For those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of that term, it simply means the “denial of ultimate principles,” or absolute truth.
This process of thinking is toxic, especially when it makes its way into a Christian’s lifestyle. Sadly, I am seeing more and more of this belief expressed, especially on social media.
In an age without moral absolutes, it can be easy to get caught in circular debates.
So, why does this matter for us?
- Without moral absolutes, there is no salvation. If truth is relative, that means that salvation becomes an individual belief. This contradicts Scripture, as Christ tells us He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Also, there is no way to know if we are saved (or even to get saved at that) if moral absolutes are relative.
- Without moral absolutes, obeying/following Christ becomes confusing. If we read any command given in the Bible according to what we think it should mean, we are merely following what we feel to be true. A feelings based-sanctification is not a biblical one.
- Without moral absolutes, we can’t have proper community. Community comes from unified belief and similar practice of those beliefs (Eph. 4). Communal living is built around similarities. For Christians, those similarities are given in the Bible (Acts 2:42-47).
- Without moral absolutes, we can’t have rest. As Christians, we rest upon the truth of God’s Word. We can have peace, because we know what God says is trustworthy. Constantly searching and wondering doesn’t provide the freedom that liberal thinkers claim it does.
Remember, the ultimate source of definitive truth is God’s Word. This is why it’s so important for Christians to be consistently spending time in the Bible and praying upon what we have read.
Let’s commit to standing upon the truth of God’s Word.