Whose rules rule?

Judges 17:6 “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Is racism a bad thing?  Says who?  Is it evil because you say it is, or I do, or the government?  What if your name is Hitler or David Duke?  If evil is based on the judgment of a person, then which person?  What about abortion? There are about 3,600 unborn babies killed every day in the U.S.A. by dismemberment, saline solution, or other methods.  Is this wrong?  Who says so?  Who makes the rules? What about sex outside of marriage?   Seems like everybody is doing it these days.  At one time, fornication and adultery were viewed as shameful and wrong. What changed? Was it wrong at one time but not now?  Is lying wrong?  And if it is, is it because it has hurt you in some way in the past?  What if it’s to your advantage to lie?  Is it even wrong then? 

Such confusion over the “right and wrong” of things is nothing new, for the verse above was written over 3,000 years ago.  So, is there an answer?  Not if right and wrong is based only on a human notion – for in that case, “might makes right” and evil and good are nothing more than moving targets based on the mood of the day – or of the person.  But if evil and good are defined from outside of us, from outside of man, then perhaps there is some standard upon which to measure things.  This is exactly what the Bible claims to be.  Psalm 19 declares the following: “The law of the Lord is perfect . . . the testimony of the Lord is sure. . . the precepts of the Lord are right. . . the commandment of the Lord is pure. . . the fear of the Lord is clean . . . the rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”  Further, the scriptures tell us that we are “to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  And it doesn’t matter who that man is – be it our best friend or the presidents of the United States, North Korea, or anywhere else. 

The Bible tells us “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).  The Bible promises blessing to those who obey its words, and warns of harm to those who disregard its words – no matter who that person is. 

So, what makes sense to you: right and wrong based on your opinion, my opinion, or the eternal truth of the God who made us all? Doesn’t seem like a hard choice, when you think about it.

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