The destructiveness of moral relativism is a common topic on this website. A subjective set of morals that changes with a person’s feelings on an issue, behavior is more easily rationalized and, once society is filled with people like this, moral, family, economic, and political chaos is sure to follow. It has been the flaw of human logic and spirituality since we were given souls. It is the same mistake Adam made in the Garden of Eden. By disobeying God and eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he was arrogating to himself the prerogative of determining what is right or wrong. This is our Original Sin: when we think the criteria for what is virtuous or not is up to our own personal will rather than objective spiritual truths.
In America, the people who believe in moral relativism (even if they don’t know it) tend to be politically liberal. Some of the virtues of political liberalism are self-serving happiness, unquestionable tolerance of every choice, generosity through other people’s money (taxes), and being able to choose your gender or what sex you marry, among others. Since pure individualism and warm-fuzzy feelings trump all else, the breaking of any values one might adhere to is immediately open for rationalization. For instance, how many politicians do you hear saying “Well, I’m personally not for abortion, but it’s not up to me what someone else decides to do. Therefore I’m pro-choice”. This is what nearly every pro-abortion politician says when asked about the topic, implying there is no right or wrong when it comes to killing an unborn baby because the truth lies only in the mother’s will–nowhere else. This is just one example of many when it comes to our politicians (both Democrat and Republican).
Just the other day an article from 2012 was posted that includes the entire transcript to an interview on religion with then-State Senator Obama by Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times. I suggest reading the whole thing for some insight into our president’s thoughts on Christianity, but there were a couple of his responses that really stuck out to me:
Falsani: What is sin?
OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.
Falsani: What are you doing when you feel the most centered, the most aligned spiritually?
OBAMA: I think I already described it. It’s when I’m being true to myself.
So, after reading what the president thinks sin is, doesn’t it make clear why he and so many politicians act the way they do in government? The president is saying that what is morally right and wrong is determined by his own will. He is arrogating the prerogative of determining virtue to himself! Is it any wonder that, when he sees our legislative branch getting in the way of his controversial initiatives, he resorts to abusing his ability to make an executive order? According to him, anyone in congress that doesn’t agree with his politics is objectively wrong (sinful) because they are out of alignment with his values. The value of good and evil doesn’t change depending on who you ask. The answer might change, but the ultimate truth to the question doesn’t. This is what the president, political liberals, and many politician need to understand.
The Supreme Court exists to interpret our constitution (as the Church exists to interpret the Word) which reflects our God-given rights–not to be changed by any man but simply to be interpreted. This is why many politicians also try to stack our courts with relativist, activist judges that see the constitution as a “living, breathing, and evolving” document that changes with the tides of popular thought.
Moral relativism leads to political relativism. Political relativism leads to lawlessness, economic turmoil, moral decay, and weakness.
I urge anyone that has the time to read the entire interview with the president. There’s a lot to learn from the comments.