Relativism! It’s defined by Wikipedia as “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.” Moral relativists hold that no universal standard exists by which to assess an ethical proposition’s truth. To put this in simpler words, relativism is a “make it up as you go” morality.
We hear of an increasing number of examples of relativism weekly. Relativism says…
- Its okay to publicly display photos of a naked 13 year old girl, but it’s not okay for a TV personality to make fun of a female reporter.
- It’s fine to allow a 12 year old girl to have a sex change; but it’s not fine to reveal the names of child sex offenders when they are released back into society even though the likelihood is that they will offend again and rob precious children of their innocence.
Relativism! Let’s just make it up as we go. It’s whatever feels right – or wrong – at the time. In contrast to this the Bible gives an unchanging morality. It’s these timeless truths that attracted thousands to Jesus in the relativistic Roman Empire of the first century. It’s these same truths that still attract hundreds of thousands to Christ every week all around the world.
A final comment on the child sex offenders’ issue: Derryn Hinch
continues to be a leading voice on this. If you feel strongly about
this issue you can sign a petition on Derryn Hinch’s website: