One of the most common objections I hear to biblical morality is short, succinct, and to the point: “It’s 2018!” In other words, “How can you believe in such outdated values in this day and age?” But do morals change the way technology changes? Or could it be that, when it comes to moral values, the older is sometimes better?
In our new animated video, “What Does It Mean to Be a Conservative?“, I made the case that a true conservative would not believe in the redefinition of marriage or the fluidity of gender. In response, one viewer commented, “Politically it means you’re 100 years behind the times and you don’t understand public policy or economic policy that works.”
So, are we behind the times if we don’t embrace the latest social trends? Are the moral values of 2018 better than, say, 1918, or 1018, or 18, or 1018 BC?
There’s no question that we’ve taken some positive strides in the world today. Slavery, while still practiced, is widely abhorred. Apartheid and segregation are recognized as wrong. War is not necessarily the first option considered in resolving international conflicts. All of that is good.
There also is much more equality and opportunity for women than at virtually any time in the past, through many parts of the world.
On the other hand, the 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history.
This was not just because of technological advances, which allowed for more killing. It was also because of massive human evil.
In any generation, men like Hitler and Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot would have stood out for their cold-blooded, murderous ways. Yet all of them rose to national prominence, and some were even popular during their heyday. What can explain the embrace of such wickedness?
And can we really boast about the morality of 2018 when we have aborted more than 55 million babies in America since 1973, not to mention an estimated 1.5 billion worldwide since 1980?
How about our sexual mores in 2018? Are we more moral today than, say, 50 years ago? In virtually every category, the answer is no.
This includes: exposure to pornography (beginning, on average as early as 11 years old – or some even claim as early as 8), sex out of wedlock, and no-fault divorce. (Will anyone argue that it’s morally better if our kids start having sex at younger ages? Or that no-fault divorce has strengthened families?)
And did I mention the increasing acceptance of things like polyamory and consensual adult incest? This acceptance points to the hardening of our hearts, not the fine-tuning of our moral sensitivities.
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Source: Christian Post