Moral Relativism: Is It True You Can't Legislate Morality?
By Bob and Gretchen Passantino
Copyright 1992 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino.
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from
before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, reprove the
oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow" (Isaiah 1:16, 17).
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by
God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God,
and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a
terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the
authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he
is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does
not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute
wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore, you must be subject, not only
because of wrath, but also for conscience sake. For because of this you also
pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very
thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due,
customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor" (Romans 13:1-
"Therefore, submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake,
whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, or to those who are sent by
him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the
ignorance of foolish men -- as free, yet not using your liberty as a cloak for
vice, but as servants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear
God. Honor the king" (1 Peter 2:13-17).
The purposes of law:
- to show our sinfulness.
- to show us a pattern of godly living.
- to restrain evil acts.
- to promote good acts.
A few biblical examples of believers promoting social morals in non-theocratic
societies: Joseph in Egypt; Esther and Mordecai in Xerxes' (Ahasuerus')
Persia; Daniel in Babylon; Paul (Acts 22-26).
The difference between utilitarian ethics and deontological ethics:
utilitarian ethics says the accomplishment of your goal makes your action
good; deontological ethics says your actions are good regardless of their
success. Utilitarian ethics are not biblical. Deontological ethics are
biblical. Whether or not our actions change society or cause people to commit
to God, they are good actions in themselves.
Ways you can be involved today:
- Register to vote, learn the ballot
candidates and issues, and then vote.
- Volunteer for community service
(planning commission, arts board, soup kitchen, etc.).
- discuss biblical
morality with co-workers, neighbors, and friends.
- hold elected officials
accountable for their actions through questions, support, etc.
someone else into registering to vote and then learning and voting.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead,
he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not
resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently
instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change
of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26