Thursday, October 24, 2013

If Relativism Doesn’t Confuse or Offend You, You’re Not Thinking Hard Enough

Everyone’s a relativist these days, it seems. Nobody is allowed to “judge” others, even if it means merely calling dangerous lifestyles wrong.

As Miley Cyrus sings in, “We Can’t Stop,” “Remember only God can judge us. Forget the haters ‘cause somebody loves ya.” She’s saying that about “shaking it like we’re at a strip club” and “trying to get a line in the bathroom.” (Hint: She’s not talking about cell reception.)

Throwing sexuality around like it’s consequence-less and doing drugs is verifiably harmful, but we’re not supposed to take a stand on that. If we did, we might get called judgmental, intolerant or “haters,” one of the worst insults to receive in a relativist world.

Which is kinda funny, since in a relativist world, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with being judgmental, intolerant or a hater. If everybody is allowed to make up their own rules, then why can’t everybody make up their own rules?

Confused? You should be, but let me rephrase: If there are no absolutes, then how can anybody be condemned for believing anything, regardless of whether it contradicts another viewpoint?

And along those lines, if everything is relative, then why are we trying so hard to find order?

I mean, if it’s ok to behave like female sexuality is for sale to the lowest bidder, then why isn’t it ok for college students to dress up as Indians or hillbillies or geishas for Halloween? Is it fine to blatantly devalue women but not to merely risk offending some other human category?

Even more confusing, the devaluation of women can only be condemned if there’s no real devaluation to speak of (again, it’s the risk of offense rather than the actual offense we’re so afraid of). President Obama, for example, is apparently taking a stand against Marine uniforms, which feature different hats for the different genders. Apparently that’s a no-no.

So is the Tea Party, which is practically akin to the KKK according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and too many others. Yet a true relativist wouldn’t condemn the KKK to begin with.

True relativists don’t condemn anybody. They can’t. Otherwise, they’re not true relativists.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias tells the story of a brothel (28:40-31:03) that offers absolutely anything its clientele might desire. Including 18-month-old little girls. When he told that to a student at Oxford who was arguing against the idea of moral absolutes, the student said “I wouldn’t have liked what happened there, but I can’t honestly say I [could]… call it immoral.”

That right there is a true relativist. Somebody who can’t condemn the vicious rape of a baby.

And if that’s the kind of world we live in, no wonder suicide so often seems like a viable option.

[To be continued…]

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