Friday, September 3, 2010

The Cost of Relativism

Ground Zero, September 11, 2001
" man's terrorist is another man's hero"... -Imam Rauf

Relativism is a slippery slope.  In our blissful passion to design our destiny in deference to the Maker of the Universe, we sometimes loose sight that we live in a world with other freewill beings of the same mind set.  That mind set being, "my life and my world is the one that must be exalted above all others." 

Now, the really "smart" people have used this as an argument for plying relativism even further into our culture with the political correctness movement.  Since it would be a grave error to judge others, or view them as different, or even be critical of a person's opinion, we have lost our ability to determine what is right and what is wrong.  Indeed, a PC person would never look at a thing as being right or wrong, as that would be a value judgement.  It may be right for that person or wrong for me, but either is acceptable really.  So, when the Imam leading the effort to construct an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero states in an interview with Barbara Walters that "one man's terrorist is another man's hero" he is not just stating his perspective as you might think when someone states "one man's junk is another man's treasure".  No, he is "banging the gavel" and passing judgement of his own worldview.  One might simply think this is Islamic theology.  However, this Imam understands, seemingly quite well, the audience he is addressing.  It is a deliberate message using a form of political correct double speak to persuade the those fully immersed in relativism to embrace the struggle of Islam.  After all, since there can be no "wrong" or "right" answer, shouldn't we be able to see that some sincere people are just labeled "terrorist" because we don't understand their plight. 

In essence, without absolute truth, there can be no moral imperatives.  Now that doesn't mean absolute truth doesn't exist, it just means that most people want to ignore the One and Only Creator God now, just as they always have. 
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools...                                                                                  Roman 1:20-22
 The Western culture has turned the corner of post modernism and is now headed at full throttle toward anarchy.  Here in the United States, our legal system is collapsing on itself from an avalanche of new laws trying to legislate morally on a population focused on pleasing themselves.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? -Jeremiah 17:9
Yet despite the obvious truth of God's Word and our country's troubled climate, we and others continue to exalt the new world religion of Political Correctness to our detriment.  Seems appropriate to quote Val Kilmer here as the Doc Holliday character of the movie Tombstone:

"I have not yet begun to defile myself" 

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