It’s the Wild West Out Here

30 Apr

I need to do a little politicking this evening so even if you’re not politically inclined, I hope you give me a minute to try to persuade you that it’s somewhat important that you make yourself more aware of the myriad of things going on outside in the world.

I was reading the paper last week and picked it up on two consecutive days where the headline story was about GTA hospitals that are concealing the sex of baby girls for fear of parents who would want to abort the baby based on its gender. Just reading the headline made me do a double take- not because I was surprised that there are parents out there who want to kill their unborn babies, but because there are hospitals trying to prevent this from happening! Why is this a surprise? Well for starters, for any of us who’ve grown up in the po-mo, everything is relative, make your own morals, no one is right, God does not exist culture, the idea that public hospitals that are part of a healthcare system that has, since before I was born, promoted and encouraged the aborting of babies for any reason at all, should now want to prevent certain people from aborting babies for certain reasons, seems like a paradox. It is a paradox. Bernard Dickens, a professor at the University of Toronto said, “Note the paradox that abortion for no reason- because it’s untimely, unplanned, not wanted- that is acceptable. So then we’ve got the paradox that an abortion for no reason (is ok), but abortion for what seems to be a gendered or sex-based reason is not”. Here is an example of the conflict that inevitably arrises in life without God. The decision was made years ago that it was morally acceptable, not illegal, to kill an unborn child for any reason at all. Now, hospitals are having to address the problem that more and more baby girls of South-Asian parents (where traditionally baby girls are deemed less desirable than baby boys), are being aborted at higher rates than elsewhere in the city. How do you now make it wrong to kill a child in a situation like this, when for such a long time, it has been ok to abort a baby for any reason at all? You can’t. And if you do make it wrong, then you have to go back and rethink the entire position you’ve taken on an issue like abortion, if you are to be consistent in your line of thinking. But then again, consistency is not something that matters much when you make up your own laws in the first place!

If we have no God, then who makes the laws? Everyone. That’s where we live. A world where everyone is their own lawmaker. “You can’t tell me that what you are doing is better than what I’m doing, or more right, because who are you? I am my own man! I make the rules around here. I am the law unto myself!” And even if you’re not so far to the left as to believe that you are your own law unto yourself, you are definitely part of some belief system, whether it be the enviro-religious, conservative, Marxist, feminist, or you-name-it worldview. Everyone believes and worships something or someone, regardless of whether they realize it or not.

And with no God, then where does all our relativistic law-making get us? It gets us here: a world full of vigilantes who are trying to keep the peace (or not) for their own reasons. If someone broke your rules, you have every right to get angry and get even. Someone has to be the sherif in town, to sort out the good guys from the bad guys. And it might as well be you! Until, that is, someone else with a bigger gun and a scarier mustache comes along and starts muscling his way around town. Ok, I’ll stop with the metaphors but what I’m basically saying is, our society has done itself in when it comes to setting moral standards. We’ve long been encouraged to do away with any belief in an ultimate lawgiver, one whose word is the end of all things, and whose standard applies to every single person regardless of race, class, gender, upbringing, etc. Without the God of the Bible, there is no one who we all must submit to and whose law we are held accountable to. Without Him, it’s the wild west out here. Our society has been caving in on itself for quite sometime, it’s just that the subtleties of our inclusiveness and acceptance for all belief systems (no matter how contradictory they are- take Shari’ah in Western society for example), and the danger that that poses has been lost on everyone.

If you think being accountable to the God of the Bible is scarier than being the law unto yourself, stop and take into account what Romans has to say for those who reject Him as their ultimate authority. Romans 2:20-22, 25-25 says, “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 the knew God, they did not honour 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… Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!” (italics added)

To be “given up” by God is infinitely scarier than life under His rule and reign. Those who do not honour or worship God but choose to worship anything other than Him, have become futile in their thoughts, with darkened hearts, and have exchanged the truth for a lie! That is terrifying. Without Christ, the world is lost to making and upholding any standard of right or wrong. Without Him, the world will always end up in situations as the one I described above, where chaos and confusion rule and reign.

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