Moral relativism is unlivable

10-commandmentsWe typically don’t have to be told that murder, stealing, theft is immoral because it is self evident. God has written a transcendent moral law on our hearts so that we know that an objective moral standard exists. Without an objective standard, how can we truly measure whether an action is morally good or evil with objectivity? Some declare that morals are merely subjective and dependent on the individual person or society. However, when someone steals their car they’ll be the first complaining about how immoral stealing is. Just remind them, ‘that person must believe stealing is morally permissible so you really shouldn’t be upset’. Moral relativism is truly unlivable.

Made for another world

CS LewisMost people, if they have really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country or first take up some subject that excites us, are longings that no marriage, no travel, no learning can really satisfy. I’m not now speaking of what would be ordinarily called successful marriages or vacations or learned careers, I’m speaking of the best possible ones. There is something we have grasped at in that first moment of longing, which just fades away in reality. I think everyone knows what I mean. The wife may be a good wife and the hotels and scenery may have been excellent and chemistry may be a very interesting job, but something has evaded us.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

–C. S. Lewis,
Mere Christianity

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Bob DylanYou may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

–Bob Dylan

Atheism requires a lot of faith

john-macarthurAs Christians we accept one foundational truth – God – and everything else makes sense. An atheist denies God and has to accept incredible explanations for everything else. It takes more faith to deny God than to believe in Him.

–John MacArthur
The Ultimate Priority

The Inconsolable Secret

baxterstill071 copy 2This is the truth about all of us.  It is the human predicament.  We have all been addressed. And we know that we are made for higher things.  It all stirs within us, whether we are very conscious of it or not.  And the stew that this stirring makes inside of us Lewis calls ‘desire,’ ‘longing’ and even ‘joy.’  He calls it ‘joy’ because even the frustration that it creates is more precious to us than anything else on earth.  But his best phrase for it is ‘the inconsolable secret.’

. . . In the 1600’s, Sir Isaac Newton put God in a box and reduced Him to a spectator watching the universe from a distance.  With God safely tucked away somewhere up there, the Western world moved on with life, trusting that science, technology and politics could solve our problems and deliver our dreams to us.  We have hoped in them now for a long time.  And they have given us many things, many conveniences and comforts and freedoms.  In fact, they have helped produce the most free and prosperous nation on earth—but also the most anxious. 

For all of their gifts, science, technology and politics have not been able to touch the soul.  Neither has wealth or sports or entertainment.  They have not answered the real question.  The longing, the aching, the inconsolable secret, is still with us, still in us, still unanswered, and still passing judgment upon us and our conveniences, comforts and prosperity.  It is still reminding us that we have not yet found the higher thing for which we all know we are made. 

–C. Baxter Kruger
From Ghosts to Persons:
C. S. Lewis’ Vision of Christianity