By REV. LOU TISCIONE
What happened to our culture? Why is reality ignored? Where are those who are able to think critically about issues without being offended?
The current situation with our government has caused me to think through the issue of our cultural decline. What are the reasons for our confusion and division within various institutions?
What is happening to our western culture?
Our current events seem more like a fictional story than reality. It seems we are being led by men and women who continue to deny reality. There are no principles by which decisions are being made. It’s like the end of the book of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Our leaders feel proud to say that they are doing what they think is right.
I continue to look for government officials to promise to do what is right, not what they think is right. Judges 21:25b: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” is contrasted by Micah 6:8: “… do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” One action reflects relativism while Micah called for submission to the ultimate absolute, God.
Our relativistic culture has taken decades to build. It will take a concerted and ongoing effort to reverse cultural relativism.
A symptom of our cultural decay into moral relativism is the impossibility of opposing parties to negotiate. People wonder why leaders can’t sit down together and come up with solutions to the problems we face in our country?
Since in a morally relative culture there are no absolutes, efforts to negotiate over any issue are ineffective. Each side is motivated by different principles. If there are any who hold to moral absolutes, they are marginalized and ignored. We are told that thinking there are moral absolutes is pejorative and mean-spirited. But in their absence negotiations and compromise fail.