It’s Not for Me to Say

While in election cycles, it is reasonable for the citizenry to ask candidates of their specific positions and plans should they be elected.  It is not reasonable for the contestants then to cloak their stances in voluminous verbiage and end saying nothing.  Both these statements are valid, and both are commonly practiced.  The real truth is that governmental leaders go to ridiculous lengths to avoid taking positions while seeking voters’ affirmation.  Though they profess transparency, they would rather be elected as unknowns which position renders less culpability in whatever event.  It is easy to understand why people would not want to be pinned down in light of our changeable times, but those who refuse to take positions leave others to wonder if there is any hallowed ground in their realities.

It is astounding that those who would lead do have not firm, considered positions on things that matter, but that is often the case in days such as ours.  Moral relativism has engulfed nearly the entire edifice so that today we find fewer individuals with consistent (and correct) viewpoints.  To be sure, there are many issues on which the inviolate position cannot be adequately determined since the issue itself is of human construct.  Mankind has, however, been confronted with God’s viewpoint as expressed in His Word on a multitude of past and present concerns.  Two possible positions present.  Either, individuals in the public arena do not accept the Word of God as authoritative, or they are afraid to bring their understandings to bear for fear of ridicule, rejection or career concerns.

Relatively recently, a leading religious figure was confronted with the questions of the legitimacy of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle and whether or not marriage as an institution should be extended to include homosexual couples.  This man replied that it was not for him to say whether such unions were right or wrong or should receive the sanction of society.  The problem with his position is that he claims to be able to speak for God.  In that case, it is absolutely up to him to say.  We do not have to make the assertion, however, that we have a relationship with God beyond that of other believers to understand clear Bible teachings on baseline moral issues.  If we say we believe God’s Word, we must make practical application to our lives in voice and vocation.

It is true that misrepresentations of biblical truth have been made by even the most sincere.  At times, partial understandings of Scripture have led to unfortunate, even sinful, actions.  In some cases, it is beyond the ability of the most able to redress past wrongs.  We are all products of our times, for good or ill, but being such does not excuse faults.  It does give insight and instruction to future generations.  These things being true, it is important that we approach difficult issues with measured steps though we may have full conviction.  None of us has a complete perspective, and we are individually incapable of understanding the fullness of God.  For this reason, we must rely on His revelation of Himself through the Word.  Correct positions require complete and concerted study and application.

With so many variables in life, a great many opinions should never find expression.  It is possible that firmly-held beliefs are misinformed.  It is dangerous, though, to adopt a hands-off position and float about on the sea of life making no judgments.  Discerning between completing values is not being judgmental, it is exercising wisdom.  At the same time, our choices are informed by some source.  It is difficult for those guided by faith in God to navigate a society centered on purely human philosophical musings and mores.  It can seem as if believers are in a no-win.  We will do well to remember that it is the light of Christ that drives out the darkness of the world and not the erudition of His followers.  If we accept His edicts and model His instructions, God will act and give us opportunities to speak.

Sterl        

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