Who Determines 'Right' or 'Wrong'?
Was Dwight Creech addressing Steve Bouser, or was he was taking issue with Jesus in his letter (Oct. 28)?
Mr. Creech says, “There are a number of terms and phrases that make God irrelevant. Diversity, tolerance, non-judgmentalness and open-mindedness are examples.” He goes on to say, “The first Amendment of our Constitution is not primarily about equality of beliefs. A belief that is wrong is not equal to a belief that is right.” Who determines that?
John 9:38 reads, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn’t belong to our group.”
“Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs miracles in my name will be able to soon afterward to say evil things about me. For whoever is not against us is for us. I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive his reward.’
Jesus says that giving a drink of water is more important than group membership. Adam and Eve stumbled over the same issue when they yielded to the temptation to know “right” from “wrong” and value that over God’s presence.
While I support Mr. Creech’s right to his beliefs, he may be too attached to his view of “right” and “wrong.” Perhaps we both need to heed the wisdom of I Cor. 13:12: “For now we see through a glass darkly but then shall I know even as also I am known,” and Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Being still is more important than knowing right from wrong. It allows God to intervene. Being right creates conflict and interferes with God’s presence in our lives.
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