Grace and peace to each of you in the name of Jesus. This is a time when it is difficult to recognize the same values and morals that many have grown up with in this country. Some would even say that right has become wrong and wrong has become right. This, however, is simply the evidence of societal norms changing due to generational influences. As generations change, the laws that govern society change with it.
For example, when I was growing up, marijuana was simply not viewed as acceptable and individuals went to jail for indulging in it. Now, it is legal and sold in stores. Public vulgarity was looked down upon by all societal standards, but now is the common language in school classrooms by students and teachers.
While the change in societal norms has been going on since the dawn of time, there is a larger question that looms over us as a people of faith. Does God’s standard change along with society? At first glance, the obvious pat answer, resoundingly, is ‘No’, and rightfully so. But what are we teaching our children who are ostracized for being nerds, or straight laced.
There seems to be a double-message going forth that is confusing millennials and those younger. On one side, the teachings of Christ promote a message like, ‘Turn the other cheek’, yet the society in which they live, appear to be rewarding the ‘bad boy’ behavior by glorifying it through social media.
It has become apparent that the message of Jesus is now, and may have always been, counter-cultural. The message of Jesus is not now, nor ever has been, the popular notion of the current day. His message is calling all of us to a higher level of how and who we ought to be. Societal laws govern on the predominant voice of the people at the time. God’s laws are eternal and never change. Societal laws govern on what is. God’s law governs on what ought. And that is the difference between ‘doing right’ and ‘being right’.