Several years ago, I wrote the following words in the flyleaf of my Bible: “If there is no God, then nothing really matters.  If there really is a God, nothing else matters.”  I don’t recall where I heard it, but as far as I’m concerned this one statement sums up many important issues in very few words.  But, notice that the statement is not, “If one believes in God…” but rather, “If there really is a God.”  The important issue, as I see it, is whether God exists, regardless of anyone’s belief.  Nevertheless, there are many in our culture who would disagree.  Many are convinced that whether God exists or not, it doesn’t matter...

The examples of intolerance in our society are numerous.  There was the interview with Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, on the Ken Coleman Show, in which Mr. Cathy said, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage'.  I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."  People were so outraged by this that even Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney wrote to Mr. Cathy, saying, "As an American, you are legally entitled to your opinion, regardless of how insensitive and intolerant it may be, but as a fellow American...

“Christians are so judgmental.”

“You shouldn’t judge others.”

“Who are you to judge?”

 

Make a moral statement that someone disagrees with and you’re almost certain to hear one of these cliché statements as a reply.  If that doesn’t stop you dead in your tracks, the person will often quote Jesus on the matter, hoping that it will shame you into silence.  After all, in Matthew 7:1, didn’t Jesus himself say, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”?  What are we to make of this - is it really wrong to make moral judgments?

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