Right and Wrong
Read Isaiah 5:20-21
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!
What is the flaw in thinking there are no objective morals?
I am sure you’ve heard the popular argument that what’s wrong for you can be right for me. After all, who decides what’s right and what’s wrong? I’ve heard: “I am going to live my way and who are you to judge me?” I have even been told that it is “wrong” to tell someone their behavior is wrong. Isn’t that ironic? Many claim that all morality is subjective and a matter of personal opinion.
But if we are honest with ourselves, we all know that this is not true. There are many things that we inherently know are wrong. For example, we all know that it is wrong to take a life. Murder is obviously and objectively wrong. It doesn’t matter where you are on the planet, if someone bursts into a house in the middle of the night and kills an innocent man in cold blood, everyone cries foul. We know killing is wrong!
It also doesn’t take a toddler long to learn that stealing is wrong. If a kid is sitting there playing and another kid comes up and rips a toy from their hands, they get instantly mad. Why? Because it is wrong to take things that don’t belong to you.
People only claim morality is subjective as long as it serves them. For example, someone may claim there are no rules when it comes to sex because they want to fulfill their own forbidden desires. But if someone they love is raped or molested, they are justifiably upset because a serious injustice has been done to someone they love! Rape and abuse are wrong! In that case, they do believe that there are objective rules about sex.
Deep in our hearts, we know right from wrong because God put it there. In Romans 2:14-15 Paul explained that even the Gentiles know right from wrong. They weren’t given the law but “the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them…” (vs.15).
We know objective morality is true because even people who don’t know God have a conscience. Even people who don’t know the 10 commandments know that “thou shalt not murder” because their hearts know it’s wrong. And yet, there are still those who call good evil and evil good because they want to live however they want.
Finally, if there are objective laws about right and wrong, it naturally follows that someone gave us those laws. There has to be a law giver! Objective morality is powerful evidence for God. If we really evolved from apes and the whole world is what Bob Ross would call “a happy little accident,” where in the world did this morality come from? Evolution cannot account for the fact that humans have an innate moral code of conduct.
Friends, your conscience is evidence of a just and loving God who wanted His children to care for each other and do each other no harm. God put His law in our hearts for the good of mankind.
Lord, the evidence is clear that You not only exist but that You love us and care for us. You have written Your law on our hearts. May I never call evil good or good evil. Help me to obey Your perfect law. Amen.