What’s Happened to Our Moral Standards?

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How can we hate evil—assuming we know what evil is—and still be loving people?

"Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good." - Romans 12:9

In today’s world, many students are taught that all truth is relative, that there are no enduring moral standards, and that there is no such thing as good and evil. Even in our criminal system, the inability to tell good from evil is considered a sign of criminal insanity. So, are we training our young people to be unable to tell good from evil? How frightening a thought!

Scripture is full of words like “good,” “evil,” “sin,” “righteous,” “unrighteous,” and “wicked.” Many reject such concepts. They use a variety of arguments, but basically I think it comes down to one thing: they don’t want to be held accountable by a higher authority. To reject the concept of good and evil is to reject the Bible and to reject God.

So, how can we hate evil, assuming we know what evil is, and still be loving people?

Let me suggest this: Jesus is the perfect picture of God in a man. What He says is evil in His Word, is evil. What He says is good, is good. No one has ever hated evil more than Jesus, and no one has ever been more loving than Jesus. His life, His spirit, and His character show us how to hate evil and, at the same time, how to be a truly loving person. Hate what Jesus hates – sin. And love who Jesus loves – people – all people. This will get you off to a good start in hating evil and being a loving person.

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