CAN WE MAKE ANY DECISIONS WITHOUT MORAL CONVICTIONS?
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in my morning message the dangerous argument being made by Ted Olson and David Boies as they attempted to overturn the ballot initiative against homosexual marriage known as Prop Eight in California. Hearing about this issue on the Albert Mohler Program ( To read Dr. Mohler’s Blog Click Here.) I decided to go and read up on the case beginning with an article in Time (To Read the Time Article Click Here), and then even reading some of the cases argued before the Supreme Court that pertain (To Read the Most Important Case Click Here).
That this case deals with the legality of California’s right to make a law prohibiting homosexual unions, stands secondary to the argument being made that it is wrong for us to make decisions based on our beliefs, particularly if we are a majority. Time quotes Boies as saying, “The Catholic Church calls homosexual activity ‘gravely immoral.’ Who is kidding whom? These are sincerely held beliefs, to which they are certainly entitled. But no one ought to kid themselves that what is behind [efforts to ban gay marriage] is anything other than a majority imposing its beliefs on other people.” Further the author of the Time piece accurately relates the precedent in the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which states “the fact a State’s governing majority has traditionally viewed a particular practice as immoral is not a sufficient reason for upholding a law prohibiting the practice.” Since the argument being used by Boies and Olsen is already upheld as a precedent in the Supreme Court at the very least ensures the decision of the 9th Circuit will be appealed by either side. Though this case is intended to be about homosexual rights, the argument as it stands calls into question the appropriateness of decisions based on moral convictions especially those in the majority.
As Christians whether this case is won or lost is not the issue. The issue is the reality that we must be ready to face a world that is hostile to one of our most central beliefs. There is no area of our life that we can divorce from our belief in Jesus Christ. I cannot cease from considering how my vote will please or displease God when I cast my ballot. I cannot cease from having as a primary reason for supporting or dissenting from a cause its faithfulness to biblical truth. I cannot cease from sharing the Gospel that mankind is sinful, in need of a Savior simply because a minority of people believe their lifestyle is okay. Christianity involves a total life and heart change! In fact Ephesians 4:22-24 tells me to put off anything that would hamper me from putting on the new self created in the likeness of God. To answer the question above, no I cannot make decisions without moral convictions.
The reality is that no man can make a decision without his morals getting in the way. Why is there a challenge to the proposition in California? Because someone thought it was wrong, a moral conviction. Further the reason there was a Prop Eight in California was because people thought it was right, based on moral convictions. Those who now argue this is a case as the majority imposing beliefs on the minority, argue this way because they think it is wrong for a majority to impose its will on the minority, another moral conviction. Man always follows what he thinks is right. Proverbs 21:2 says “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes but the Lord weighs the heart.” Decisions cannot be made without a sense of right and wrong, diluted as is may be. God alone can objectively assess right and wrong, thus we should learn and adhere to His standard. If we stand for his objective standard we can expect opposition, but rest assured in the end our Lord will tip the scales in our favor.