Have you ever heard the argument that times change, and we need to change with the times as a reason to change what is considered right, wrong, or acceptable?
Did you ever stop to consider what brings about the desire to change or the actual change in perspective of right and wrong?
The acceptable view of right and wrong changes because the standard that society has chosen changes. The standard changes because it is based on a combination of popularity or consensus and pacification.
Yes, I said pacification. I’ve heard it said that 2% of the population could make enough of a fuss to get things to change. Unfortunately, those that have screamed the loudest have not typically been those with a Christian worldview. However, more contributes to a slide in standards – a move from right to wrong – than a loud minority with a skewed opinion. One of the biggest factors is that those that should know better often start accepting the change as valid or needed. In short, we’ve succumbed to the mindset of people instead of keeping to the mind of Christ.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16
You’d think we would have learned over the years not to give in to the squeaky wheel. Perhaps if we realize that it is not about us, or them, but about Jesus. We need to go back to that which the Holy Ghost teacheth and compare spiritual things with spiritual. Christians have a perspective and understanding that the natural man does not.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Perhaps if we, as Christians, would spend more time in the Word and fellowship with likeminded believers, we would have an easier time keeping to the faith. Perhaps if we stand up more for what is right, that minority that screams for change in the wrong direction will not get traction. If we remember that Jesus does not change, and if we stick to our doctrines and the things we know to be right as defined in scripture, we can make a difference.
Today’s challenge is to look at what you use as your measuring stick. What do you anchor yourself upon? Jesus is the Rock. He does not move. He does not change at all. When you use God’s Word to anchor yourself, you will be able to keep right, and wrong in proper perspective. Your values and morals won’t shift.