I enjoy watching sports in person or on television. I notice the reactions of the crowds too. If the referee or umpire makes a call that is not supported (especially by “my team”), I along with most of those present can become very upset. Sometimes we get vocal with our displeasure.
Can you imagine a sporting event in which there are no rules or no umpires or referees? It would be chaos. Yet every day we see evidence of people not playing by the rules or ignoring those who are to enforce them. The Bible speaks of the “last days” being filled with lawlessness! People need laws — they are the rules by which the game of life is to be played. What happens when the “rules” are ignored?
Look around and see the evidence of ignoring the rules! In the Old Testament Book of Judges, a terrible time in the history of Israel is described in this way: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
That description sounds like what might be written in our newspapers or reported by radio and television broadcasts about the time in which we live and can observe. It is called relativism today. Very often you can hear people saying something like “that may be true for you, but it is not my truth.” In other words, the “rules” don’t apply to me.
It’s hard to excel in a game if you don’t know the rules. It is also difficult to compete when the rules are ignored. Have we decided to leave the concept of moral integrity behind? The result is more irrational conduct. One person may ignore another person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What happens next may be character assassination, physical assault, or even murder. No rules allow us to ignore the value of another person or to discount his life!
Israel, at that time, decided that having a king was a way to control behavior. But even the power of a king to enforce the rules failed. The prophets called for repentance and restoring righteousness to the nation!
When America was conceived as a nation, the signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged to honor God and to trust His natural rule in the universe. They called on God to guide them in forming this new government. They pledged their “sacred honor” and fortunes to bring about our future as a free people in a new nation.
Let us not fall back into the error of relativism: “every man did what was right in his own eyes.” May God grant us wisdom and truth to restore and preserve the laws inherent in our history!