Holding on to the Truth of God’s Word When it’s Considered Intolerant and Hateful
By Greg Laurie
Americans have never been more spiritual… yet more immoral.
Research done by the Barna Group in recent years has concluded that “increasingly, Americans are more interested in faith and spirituality than in Christianity.” According to the study, Americans are now creating their own brand of faith.
And why not? Now that we live in the age of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, why not the iGod? Many simply keep what they like about God and throw out what they don’t like. If they believe in a God of love and forgiveness and mercy, they keep that. And if they are offended by the biblical teaching of a God of holiness, righteousness, and judgment, they delete that.
They are effectively making God in their own image. As it has been said, “God made man in His image, and man returned the favor.”
The result is moral relativism—the belief that there are no absolutes. Moral relativism teaches that we are all products of the evolutionary process, that we make our own luck, create our own fate, and are all basically good. And if we happen to go bad, then it’s because we are simply products of our environment.
The ironic thing about those who accept moral relativism is they seem to be tolerant of everyone—except people who believe in absolute truth.
Moral relativism may sound fine in theory: “I have my truth. You have yours. Your truth is not necessarily my truth.” But what if we were to put that into practice? What if we removed all the traffic lights and painted over all the lines on our streets? It would be absolute chaos. And that’s what moral relativism is doing in our culture today.
This is exactly why it’s critical that you and I as voters have a clear understanding of a biblical worldview—because without it, our thoughts and ideas are no more valid than anyone else’s.
What you believe matters. And how you live it out matters just as much. So in this immoral world, cling tightly to the truth of God’s Word. It’ll never lead you astray!
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, and serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He’s the author of several books, including Tell Someone and Hope for Hurting Hearts.