At the end of Judges, it says, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) It doesn’t take long watching the news to recognize that saying could apply to us in this country. Why? How did it come to this? How did we allow the idea of “absolute truth” to disappear not just from society, but from the church as well? We’ll explore that topic today, plus both what it means and what it should look like to live by absolutes.
Table Talk Notes
Why is it important? What happens if you don’t live by absolutes?
Romans 1:18-32 | For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Learn about Conscience-Resistance. Humanism leads to an individual, subjective view of right & wrong.
Why isn’t the Church teaching Absolutes?
“Go along to get along” becomes the standard as tolerance replaces truth.
We want Jesus as Savior (priest) and even Source of Truth (prophet), but not Sovereign King to be obeyed in all things (we want the benefits but not the responsibility)
What has it cost us?
- We look at marriage as a means to “happiness” instead of a covenantal commitment to each other—thwarted expectations lead to high divorce rate.
- We outsource the moral and spiritual teaching of our children, without knowing what they are taught—now 43% of Millennials (under age 30) prefer Socialism to Capitalism.
- We twist, soften and take out of context the black & white teachings off the Bible, depending on our circumstances, to find “wiggle room” to live the way we want.
“Short devotions are the bane of deep piety. Calmness, grasp, strength, are never the companions of hurry. Short devotions deplete spiritual vigor, arrest spiritual progress, sap spiritual foundations, blight the root and bloom of spiritual life. They are the prolific source of backsliding, the sure indication of a superficial piety; they deceive, blight, rot the seed, and impoverish the soil.”
― E.M. Bounds, The Complete Collection of E. M. Bounds on Prayer
So what does it look like to live by God’s Absolutes?
Dr Richard Lee: “Seven Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic”
- The Dignity of Human Life
- The Traditional Family
- A National Work Ethic
- The Right to a God-Centered Education
- The Abrahamic Covenant
- Common Decency
- Our Personal Accountability to God
- Love God more than anything or anyone
- Obey God, not men
- Be content and thankful for what God has provided (no complaining)
- Speak the truth and do not lie
- Trust God in all things, relying on Him and not our self-sufficiency