This week we continue with our series examining worldviews. One of the most popular ones is known as pluralism. Pluralism says there are no moral absolutes, no definitive rights or wrongs. If it works for you, great. If it doesn’t, that’s okay too.
One of the major problems with pluralism is that it masquerades as tolerance of diversity. Now, I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t be tolerant of diversity. Rather, what we need to recognize is that we are living in a society where no one wants to be responsible for telling anyone else that what he or she is doing is wrong because who’s to determine what’s right or wrong in the first place?
Yet the Bible is very clear on the subject. Solomon, considered to be one of the wisest men who ever lived, said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Prov 14:12) In other words, our personal perspective of right or wrong must be measured against the moral laws established by God Himself.
God wants us to have direction, meaning and purpose for our lives, and the best opportunity for that to happen is to build our lives on the universal laws that God has established for our welfare. God’s laws are not really a collection of do’s and don’ts, but rather a belief in two universal truths. The first is that we should love God with our whole selves, and the second is that we should love each other as much as we love ourselves. In fact, Jesus said that all of the do’s and don’ts of life are not only summed up in those two truths, but can be fulfilled in those two directives (Mt 22:37).
No matter how much we practice tolerance of diversity, it will never satisfy us or correct this world’s injustices until we understand that doing things God’s way is, and always will be, the best way.