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Compromised Standards

Do you ever second guess yourself? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were forced to compromise your beliefs and give in to the wishes or desires of another person? Of course you have, we all have, after all isn't that what compromise is?

What happens when you have been forced to compromise all your life and you don't even KNOW what your beliefs are? A 40-something married woman came into my office and asked me, "Is it considered rape if you say no to your husband, but he presses you into letting him have sex with you anyway?" This could be any woman, mother, wife, or child's question today.

"They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black;

bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter."

Isaiah 5:20 (TLB)

We have become a world of compromise, and it's not a good thing. Parents and schools are not teaching the children moral and ethical standards anymore. There is no commonly acceptable standard of right and wrong because it could hurt someone's feelings to have a standard. This form of compromise is called Moral Relativism, which is defined as:

"Moral Relativism (or Ethical Relativism) is the position that moral or ethical propositions do not reflect objective and/or universal moral truths, but instead make claims relative to social, cultural, historical or personal circumstances."

In other-words, whatever I FEEL is truth, becomes truth and therefore everyone must agree with me or you are hurtful, insensitive, selfish, and intolerant (and the name calling can get even more colorful and hurtful). When a child is the target of an adults "freedom of speech" and is attacked for what they believe to be good, the child is left feeling confused and wounded to the core of who he is. This hurt can manifest into anger and outrage, sometimes to the point of shooting a teacher or a fellow student.

As long as we continue to put the individual's needs over the needs of society there is going to continue to be lawlessness in our world. When governments can determine what laws they will enforce or not, when the law enforcers are attacked for wearing a uniform, and when women are forced to compromise their bodies for the desires of men, the individuals will not be held accountable for their actions and America will continue to suffer the consequences of their choices for generations to come.

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