Another symptom of cultural decline is the understanding of what is virtuous. Tolerance has become the primary virtue in society. Now tolerance is defined as accepting every position as equally valid. Compromise now includes setting aside principles. The reality is that every view of or position taken on the same issue is not equally valid.
Tolerance previously meant respecting those who have differing points of view. Previously one would never compromise on principles but would negotiate on non-essential details. Principles on which any position is based are never to be compromised because genuine principles are grounded in absolutes.
For example, we have been told that borrowing more money doesn’t mean increasing debt, and this logical inconsistency is believed. Some leaders tell us that man can define marriage any way he wants and a baby is not a baby until he or she is born. Some say that a child has no right to life as long as he or she is in the mother’s womb.
Mainline Christian denominations maintain that the Bible is man’s word about God when God has declared that He has spoken to man. Those same churches maintain that men are not accountable before God to be spiritual leaders; that men and women are not only equal but the same. These days no one seems to ask what the Protestant Reformers asked: “What saith the Scriptures?”
I’m sure you could continue this listing of the effects of moral relativism in our society. We continue to experience great frustration in this new relativistic culture. The answer to the question, “What happened?” is … we happened. We who know better have allowed a vocal minority to aggressively change our culture. We allowed prayer to be removed from our schools. We removed any discussion of God from our educational institutions. We continue to elect politicians who don’t know or refuse to do what is right. We elect men and women who make promises to give us something in return for our vote. Our culture has stopped doing justice, loving mercy and acknowledging a sovereign God.