A news article online focused on the horrific spate of crimes unfolding in the community of Tracy, California. It focuses on the recent case of Sandra Cantu, but touches on the myriad of other cases ranging from false imprisonment and torture of a 17-year-old male to the sexual molestation charges against a 46-year-old plastic surgeon, which include 64 female victims, one of whom is 16-years-old. In the opening paragraph, the writer poses the question “Why is this happening to our children?”
The answer may not be black and white. In fact, the answer is more likely gray and not for the reason you might think. Actually, I’m suggesting that the issue is the moral gray in which so many seem to be comfortable.
As I drove in this morning, a radio host on Moody Radio was talking about the Day of Silence today. He was concerned that opponents to gay rights be clear that respect for all not be confused with acceptance of the agenda. I want to be careful here to not misrepresent his point—we can oppose homosexuality as a moral issue without being disrespectful to the LGBT community.
Sadly, as another commentator pointed out yesterday on NPR, the younger generation doesn’t seem to care about this moral point enough to object, but is intrigued enough to embrace or condone, taking a position of condoning it as the default.
We are in a morally gray society in which top leaders can cross the lines between right and wrong with impunity. There are no exceptions in this: The President, Congressmen and Congresswomen, Governors, celebrities, athletes…
The catchphrase “There are No Absolutes” seems to describe society today pretty well. It is intended to describe morality and those who hold that banner would argue that what is morally wrong here may be totally acceptable in another country—another culture. Of course those are the same ones who deplore the moral practices in other countries that don’t suit them. Some examples: The shooting of two young Afghans who wanted to run off to Iran to marry for love against the objections of family and Taliban rulers; The imprisonment of a woman in Dubai on adultery charges; Female circumcision in Ethiopia; or more neutrally, the various legal ages for consuming alcohol.
Maybe the point is more that Americans, while shunning cultural mores of other nations and religions, are all to eager to impose their lax morals on the rest of the world. And in that point, one can find some of the Islamic objection to the West’s influence.
Back to the point: Why Tracy, California? The sad truth is that it seems to be a trend that is popping up all over the country these days and Tracy may just have more issues than some. The sad truth is that more and more people would stand for morally gray than the inconvenience of moral black and white.
There ARE absolutes with regard to morality. We rely on our legal system to help society manage this point but we call it “legality” rather than “morality”. And if we don’t like the laws because their hindering our immoral freedoms, we move to change the laws to something more convenient.
Of course, if one could change the Bible and the Judeo/Christian moral code as easily…
Wait, there are those who have revised the Bible to fit their needs as well.
To say that there are morally gray areas is similar to squinting ones eyes and saying everything looks dark and fuzzy. If you choose to look at something in a manner that closes out that which you do not want to honor or observe, yes, things could look morally gray.
To say that there are no absolutes is itself an absolute statement. If it is a universal truth that there are no absolutes, then the truth of the statement is negated by the statement itself. Therefore, there ARE absolutes and it is only man’s willingness to accept or ignore them that is at work.
Man has been struggling with his resistance to God’s absolutes since the Garden and no doubt will continue to do so until the end. Fortunately, MARANATHA!