Yesterday, I read the New York (NY) Times editorial, the entire essay for the purpose of judging the morality of a well-known, prominent person in the United States. A moral by dictionary definition is a standard for behavior, so in the NY Times’s case, a standard by which to judge behavior. Morality is a system of principles for judging what is right or wrong. One would assume that to judge morality, you would have some basis for deciding what is right and wrong. What is that basis? If someone is going to judge someone else, he would need a standard, something that is an authority for judging right or wrong. What is the standard of the NY Times? I would be interested. The NY Times thinks abortion is moral. It thinks that same-sex marriage is moral. It believes humanity got here by chance. You can’t trust what someone says about morality if he doesn’t have an objective standard of judgment. The only defensible position of morality comes from the Bible.
Through my life, I’ve heard people say to me many, many times, “I believe in God.” Usually, I’m supposed to be impressed. I’m not, because when someone says that, it shows that he really doesn’t believe in God. When I say he doesn’t believe in God, I mean that he doesn’t believe, and the God He believes in, still isn’t God. When James 2:19 says that the devil believes and trembles, it doesn’t mean that demons and Satan have saving faith. I’ve said in the past that God doesn’t want to be believed in like we believe in the existence of our left foot. We believe that exists, but that isn’t much of a belief. Hebrews 6:2-3 tells us to go on to perfection, which is to believe in Jesus Christ, “not laying again the foundation of . . . faith toward God.” Hebrews is telling unsaved people to move on, to leave certain things, including that is the insufficient “faith toward God.” If you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, then you don’t believe in God, even if you say that you believe in God.
3 John 1:5-8 say, “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; . . . . whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” Visiting, fellowshiping believers are on a “journey after a godly sort,” who are “taking nothing” from the world, and are obviously representing the truth. We ought to receive them, bring them forward on their journey, because in their case, we are fellowhelpers to the truth. Romans 12:13 says concerning all church members that they should be “given to hospitality.” This is the Greek word philoxenia. You hear people say “xenophobic” today, which is apparently fear of strangers. This is the love of strangers. I don’t think it is just anyone, but those who meet a description of a believer, but we want to help them.