It is undeniable that this presidential election has fostered passionate opinions on the part of Democrats and Republicans alike. Each side feels that the other candidate is despicable and should not be running for president. Where does this passion come from? It comes from the belief that the other candidate is wrong or evil. But if relativism is true, there is no evil. Everything is permissible. There is no good or bad, right or wrong. Some things can be true for you, but not for me. In relativism, objective moral values simply do not exist.
Objective truth is true for all people, in all places, and at all times. For example: 2+2=4 is objectively true. The laws of gravity and other laws of physics are objectively true. They are constants. Objective moral values work the same way. In most countries in the world, rape, murder and stealing will always be objectively wrong. This is common knowledge. God made us with a built in standard of right and wrong. We know if we murder someone, we’re going to jail. What is objectively wrong in God’s eyes is called sin. Sin is missing the target.
Conversely, relativism claims no standard of right and wrong. Morality is based on one’s own opinions, which correspond to one’s life-style. In other words, it could be that when one does not want to give up what the world sees as objective sin, they move the target and say it’s ok. It’s not wrong. It’s true for them. But this doesn’t work because people can’t live in a way that is consistent to the claim of relativism, and they don’t. Relativists are always relativists until one steals from them or harms them. Then suddenly, objective moral values do exist.
What does this have to do with our election? There are people in both camps that see things in both candidates that are wrong. This implies that behavior is different than it should be, which further implies that we know what is objectively right and wrong. Objective moral values cannot be denied. It is apparent in the way we live and relate to others, in the way we teach our children, and in the way we view our presidential candidates. Our belief in objective moral values is proved by our passion about this campaign.
Objective moral values exists. Let us not deny it but face it and think about where our standard of morality comes from, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the creator of the Heavens, the earth, and mankind. Let’s remember the objective truths God has spoken in the Bible, of which our behavior is the target. His priorities should be our priorities. Anything that misses the target that God spelled out for us in His Word is sin and objectively wrong. Wrong for all people, at all times and in all places.