Watching the Hobbit brought to mind the battles in stories. Many good stories contain a battle between right and wrong, good and evil, virtue and vice, etc. And, I got thinking about today’s era.
There should never be a question about what is right or wrong. In fact, most people, upon doing something wrong feel a twinge of guilt. Then, if they keep doing it, that guilt goes away. It’s just like the blister you get on your hand the first time you play on the monkey bars. Over time, that blister turns to a callous and it stops bothering us. The irritation hasn’t gone away, we’ve just become desensitized to it.
So it is with sin.
When Elizabethe I married, we had an agreement. It was simply, if God says it’s so there is no debate. It’s avoided most conflicts in our marriage. There’s no question about entertainment and lifestyle choices. We read what the Savior and prophets have said and we do our best to follow their teachings.
What’s tough, and I’d hate to be raising children in this era, is that so many call good evil, and evil good. It’s a sign-of-the-times. Isaiah warned against it. (Is. 5:20) And, it’s taken us to the point where all someone has to do is say, “That’s wrong”, and immediately they are labeled as a “hater” or “_____phobe” (you can fill in the blank with most anything these days).
I think there is an evil design afoot when one person says, “That’s wrong”, or “That’s a sin”, and others label them as “haters”. You can still like (or love) someone even if you don’t like their actions. Heck, if that weren’t so, every parent would end up hating their own children in time. After all, don’t children, at some point, do something that displeases their parents? So, are all parents “haters”?
Even God gave us a list of 6 things he hates: A proud look, a lying tongue, shedding of innocent blood, devising wicked imaginations, being quick to get in to mischief, lying and sowing discord. That doesn’t mean God hates the sinner. He’s just laid out the rules. In fact, he loves us so much, in spite of our sins, he sent his Only Begotten to provide us with a way back in to His presence.
So, how do we fix this broken world?
I don’t know, but I do know I have to start with myself every morning. And, as maudlin it sounds, ask, “What would Jesus do?”