We are living in a time like no other in history. A time where people believe what they want simply because they want to and they KNOW they can. I’ve been “people watching” for at least 2 decades. Watching the subtle takeover of communication by the disease called relativism.
the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
I’ve thought a great deal about how it could even be logical to believe such a thing. I’ve come to the only conclusion possible in the honest assessment of it all: people accept relativism as a truth about life and something in it, in part or in whole, because of what they’ve heard someone else communicate.
Any other reason would be so illogical in and of itself that it couldn’t possibly last among honest thinking people. So how then do people believe relativism is the answer to life?
I think it’s because they don’t honestly think.
No, I’m not falling victim to double speak there. I just see so many making their decision about something because someone else made a convincing argument and *BOOM* – there you have a vote.
It breaks down immediately when one honestly thinks about the impossibility that truth only follows the truth tellers of a society: culture and events which make up historical context. IF that were true, then there could be no truth since it would all contradict each other.
It’s scary to think people would be fooled into thinking relativism is even a possibility. But even more scary to me is that many Christians think “relatively” when it comes to certain subjects… mainly those who don’t want to go against society’s grain.
Now, I’m not saying we can’t learn and relearn something. I’ve certainly been glad I had ample opportunity to relearn things I got wrong in life. And I’m not saying Christians will get everything right on the first go round of learning. What I am talking about is that many of us have made decisions about things … important things … based on what someone said here and there or something we read here and there.
It’s that here and there part that can make us go with the flow of the crowd. The Crowd Mentality. You’ve seen it, yes? When one person does something then people in a crowd follow the leader even when they don’t know why it’s being done. Scary… because we stop thinking for ourselves to follow the crowd.
Just because a group of people say “it’s so” doesn’t mean “it’s so”. Going against the grain makes us feel left out or ostracized so we just “say it ain’t so” to the thinking it through and checking God’s Word about it … but…
God goes against the grain so we must be prepared to do the same. It’s much like swimming against the school. In this case- the school of thought that’s being communicated. And it’s a communicated disease. A contagion.
Contagion: The communication of disease.
Or in the case of relativism – the disease of communication.
As Christians we are asked to tell and teach. We must teach God’s absolute truth – not the truth du jour.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
See that? Most of us know the “go and tell the good news” part, but it doesn’t stop there.
Our communication must not be a contagious untruth. It must be exactly God’s truth. And even if you aren’t a teacher, a pastor, or the like, remember that the way you live is the loudest communication you have.
Sometimes I fail. We all can fail. But God’s plan never fails so when we do He’s got it covered. We just need to make sure that when we fail the world still sees God’s truth in the restoration. Not some truth that happens to be popular at the moment.
Stand firm on the solid ground that is God’s Truth.