"Right is right no matter who does it, and wrong is wrong no matter who does it." "Truth is truth no matter who tells it, and a lie is a lie no matter who tells it."
Have you ever heard or said these things? I have heard and said both of them, and I believe them to be obviously true.
Yet, we seem to live in a world where they have been forgotten.
Some try to justify things by who else does them or who did them first. When caught in something that is obviously wrong, things like the following are often heard: "Well, everyone else is doing it," or "It’s just a part of life today," or "What I/he did is no worse than what many others have done."
When caught in a statement that is clearly untrue, similar excuses are given: "Everybody lies a little, you know," or "It wasn’t exactly a lie, I just stretched the truth a little," or "It isn’t exactly the truth, but it served my purposes to say what I did."
These are statements of moral relativism. They reflect the idea that it is who does it or who says it that really matters. This is not the case.
I believe we know this deep down inside, but it is so easy to get caught up in popular thinking, especially when it comes to defending our own words and actions or the words and actions of others we like and support.
As Christians, we must be different. We must stand for truth and right. If we have trouble knowing where ultimate truth can be found, Jesus said, "Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth" (John 17:17).
In religious matters, it is not what a preacher, friend, or church says or does, it is what the Bible teaches. We claim this to be true, so let’s practice it.
In political matters, it is not what a particular leader or party says or does, it is what is true and what is right. That should be the standard. Let’s have the courage to abide by it.
When we do otherwise, we lose our credibility!