When students at the University of Washington said they’d be unwilling to say a short white man is wrong for believing he is a tall Asian woman (click and see), it highlighted a problem in popular culture: everyone ought to create their own boundaries for what’s right and wrong – we build our own fences!
The key to unmasking the insufficiency of a worldview gone wrong is to ask questions and tease out the absurd implications.
For example, one question posed was: what if an adult male believes he is 7 years old and wants to enroll in First Grade? Students stumbled and mumbled, unwilling to say this man is wrong, even leaning toward supporting his enrollment, …if he felt he needed this kind of interaction.
Obviously, this is nonsense. No student really supports this, at least not when we bring the matter closer to home. What if the student’s younger sister is enrolled in the same class? What if this little girl comes home and shares that her class has a new student – and she has a new boyfriend. It makes me feel queasy just writing this sentence, but the fact is we need to throw a bucket of cold water on those who are not living in the real world – hoping to shock them back into reality.
If the knee-jerk response is: I mean, you can believe what you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else! Well, I deal with this in A Jigsaw Guide to Making Sense of the World. You can learn to handle, “the hurt clause.” People normally think “hurt” refers to physical injury, but dig a little deeper and people realize we must broaden the definition to include emotional, psychological and even spiritual damage (in fact, these injuries go deeper and can last longer).
We don’t want to live in a world without fences. Fences are not necessarily bad; fences are generally good. They are designed to preserve and protect! The world needs fences - we understand the implications of anarchy, but the question is this: who has a right to build them?
Countries, cultures and individuals build fences, and that’s acceptable, but each lacks absolute authority. These lines in the sand will always be subject to change. If we’re looking for an absolute standard, e.g., explaining why rape is always wrong, we need an absolute authority – something above and beyond us to rule over us.
Recognizing the Natural Law and Moral Law bring us back into the realm of God.
He’s the Creator behind the creation, he’s the designer behind the design, he’s the absolute moral authority behind absolute moral standards, and he’s the source of love that we’re looking for.
Looking around at the chaos and confusion in our culture, every Christian ought to be prepared to share the reason why biblical boundaries make sense, learning to respect the fences by respecting the One who put them there.
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