If I Were the Devil: The Enemy’s Game Plan
Lesson 10 | What is moral? It’s up to YOU!
If I Were the Devil…
I would argue that morality is what YOU make it, and it can change depending on how you feel. Morality is not something objective to be pursued, but something you find within yourself. Find YOUR truth!
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25, HCSB)
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come (John 16:13, HCSB).
Everyone did what was right in his own eyes…
This was neither a favorable report on the state of Israel as a nation, nor was this a ringing endorsement in the biblical narrative of the behavior of the people. Israel as a people were floundering, and it revolved entirely around a lack of leadership and accountability amongst citizens, as well as an entire absence of consensus on what was deemed moral versus immoral.
It is crucial to understand that a good society cannot be sustained if morality is dictated on a person to person basis. A people cannot be moral if they call what is immoral, moral. This was what happened in Israel, and it is happening again today.
Throughout human history we discover that where morality and truth are declared to be subjective, civilization crumbles. However, the Satan would have us believe that truth and morality can be relative. He desires for us all to see the world through our own lens of truth. This, for obvious reasons, is dangerous. Whenever humanity does whatever they see fit in their own eyes, you can guarantee that the Satan is succeeding in advancing evil.
Fortunately, God offers an entirely different and all together better alternative. For the Christian, truth is something that is constantly reaffirmed to us via the Holy Spirit. Not only do we have the human example of Jesus to strive toward, we also have the Holy Spirit who convicts us when we err from truth, and who affirms us when we are walking in truth. If we will remain sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we will remain a people who know right from wrong, and reject the foolish notion that we have the competence to decide such things for ourselves.