Our world is caught in the no-man’s-land between relativity and the absolute.
- You can’t tell me what’s beautiful, beauty is relative to my opinion.
- You absolutely must be tolerant of everything and everyone.
- Gender? Eh. No biggie.
- You must always, always use your voice and speak your mind.
- Be the you that you like, it’s all good.
- Christians must abstain from any association with someone who’s associated with someone else who might possibly support something I don’t agree with.
- We’re all under grace so do what you want, just be careful not to offend your brother (but honestly he needs to get over himself).
- War is the epitome of evil.
- Only people comfortable with holding a gun should be required to support their country.
- Life not going well? Stick to it, you can’t expect immediate results!
- Life not going well? Change it! Don’t keep doing what isn’t working!
But what is wisdom?
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV
Let us sit back and observe. Let us refuse to succumb to the whirlpool of absolutism and pseudo-relativity. Christians, be the calming voice of reason. Be the light in the confusion of darkness. Be the savory taste in the bitterness of life’s disappointments.
Christians, in this crazy, confusing, chaotic world: be like Christ.