Francis Schaeffer stated, “If there is no absolute beyond man’s ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions.”
Teenagers have to be able to see that such conflict cannot exist in society. If for example the judicial system operated under this premise, then no case could ever be settled. No blame for any action taken could be assessed. Who would want to live in a world where such chaos ruled? Who could live in such a world?
Thankfully, our judicial system does not seek to operate under this premise. In a court, evidence is brought forward, witnesses are questioned and the judge is bound by law to rule based on the preponderance of evidence and not on personal opinions. Why then does society attempt to follow a different approach in the other areas of their lives? The search for truth should be just that, the search for truth.
What we seem to have as a dominant trait in our society is not the search for truth, but an aversion to it. Absolutes threaten what society sees as freedom. When the Christian world speaks of a standard which applies to all men and by which we all are held accountable and judged, this comes across as offensive to our society’s ‘do what you want to do’ mentality. The chant of society is ‘no one tells me what to do’. We do not submit well to authority even when that authority is our Creator and the preponderance of the evidence points to His existence through special and general revelation.
But look where this individualistic mindset has taken us as a country. Are we better off because of it? Have we progressed as a nation?
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14