At some point during the last couple of decades or so, it was agreed that moral absolutes do not exist. Apparently everything is relative and we’re all living in some sort of societal Matrix. The rules of morality can be bent and shifted to fit whatever scenario we choose. Your truth is your truth. My truth is my truth. “Believe whatever you want to believe and everything will be, like, totally fine, dude,” we tell each other while smoking pounds of weed from our turquoise bongs.
Moreover, we decided that “good” and “evil” are just abstract terms used to describe philosophical theories that really have no modern meaning or significance. After all, we can’t just go around labeling things or people as “evil.” That might offend someone, which would obviously lead to mass chaos, the collapse of western civilization and eventual global destruction, right? God forbid that we proclaim the sort of truths that would send emotionally fragile snowflakes and coddled college students running to their safe spaces.
And when it comes to “goodness,” well that’s just as conceptual as “evil,” isn’t it? My definition of “goodness” might be different than your definition, so who really gives a rat’s ass? Besides, “good” and “evil” might not even exist in the first place, so why even bother having the discussion?
Of course, we are gravely mistaken in our adherence to these flawed and dangerous mindsets. Nevertheless, we seem hellbent on following them straight into the flames of eternal damnation. We sit idly by as our culture wallows in evil every day. We see evil forces attacking our communities, destroying our churches and devouring our neighbors and yet we do nothing. We say nothing. Why is this? Are we too lazy? Too afraid? Too spiritually immature to recognize evil? Perhaps it’s a combination of all these things.
A year-old Barna Research study found that two-thirds of American adults “either believe moral truth is relative to circumstances (44 percent) or have not given it much thought (21 percent).” I can’t say that I’m surprised at all by these sort of statistics, especially in a nation where parents can get away with torturing their own children for several months as their neighbors remained silent, despite knowing full-well that something was amiss. Evil was happening in front of their very eyes — and its stench was lingering in the air — and they did nothing at all.
For Christians, however, this is not an option. We are called by the Holy Spirit to boldly expose and confront evil wherever it exists (Ephesians 5:11), regardless of our own personal fears and regardless of opposition. People may tell us to ignore evil or to be quiet about it. But, not Christ. After all, He is the Light of World, exposing all forms of evil and darkness throughout the universe:
This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” — John 3:19-21
When you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, you received the Holy Spirit. He dwells inside of you and because He is holy, He naturally opposes things that are unholy. So now, whenever you see something evil or read about something evil or whenever you are near evil, you are always keenly aware of it. (And especially when you do something that is evil.) The Holy Spirit acts as your conscience in all of these moments, telling you, “This is wrong. This is immoral. This is sin.”
You can certainly choose to ignore the Holy Spirit and, sadly, thousands of Christians do this on a daily basis. Likewise, you can refuse to confront the evils of our culture, as those neighbors did in the case of the Turpin family. Life will certainly be easier for you. You won’t be labeled as “judgmental” or “bigoted” or a “trouble maker.” But, neither will you be adhering to one of our many callings as true followers of Christ.
And what is that calling? To declare evil as evil. To refuse to downplay circumstances or make excuses. To confront evil and expose it as Christ did. There is no other alternative.