“You are so close minded that I am not going to talk to you.” I recently read this comment in response to an article posted on someone’s Facebook page. It caused me to laugh and it caused me to be sad. The humor is obvious. Why the sadness? Because this comment is a reality of the culture that I live in. The thought process of pop culture and the majority around me goes something like this:
1. You are wrong for judging me.
2. There is no truth, no one way.
3. You can not say that because of freedom of speech.
4. We need to keep religion/God out of politics, schools, and any public settings.
Each and every one of these statements is held as fact and yet each of them contradicts itself.
Every single person believes in a right and wrong. No matter how free a thinker, there is a moral code that each person lives by. No matter how much a person protests to let each person decide their own right and wrong, that very protester does not believe their own words. Each and every person can state an act that they believe is wrong. They believe is always wrong, always and for everybody.
“Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle or where a man felt proud of double crossing all the people that had been kindest to him.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The point being we all have our limits of what we believe acceptable or not.
Once we establish right and wrong, one question remains: where do we get right and wrong?
There is a moral code that drives us. There is a law of nature. A human code of right and wrong. Where? What? Who? How do we have this inside us? And what should we use as the basis for making our decisions? What is the universal code that we believe all the world should follow? When we meet with a stranger, when leaders of countries conveign together, when we raise our children, what is that universal law?