They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. … Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:25, 32)
There is no prison for people who do good. The justice system exists for people who do wrong. But we tend to declare that wrong actions are actually right actions—and conversely that right actions are now considered wrong. We have a predisposition to behave the wrong way. If this were not true, we would not have a justice system in place at all.
Consider all the institutions spawned by sinful human nature: law enforcement agencies, military organizations, and the legal system, including attorneys, judges, bailiffs, and the like. Entire industries, professions, and careers—both honorable and illicit—exist only because of sin!
One of the most ugly expressions of our inner state of death is our desire to remove the concept of right and wrong. If we can systematically make all wrongs right, we can remove God from the system—the Enemy’s ultimate objective.
When we declare wrong actions no longer wrong, we are attempting to move from a state of sinfulness to a state of holiness based on actions. But our nature also does not allow us to coexist indefinitely with wrong. The way out of this catch-22 is to declare that wrong is now right so we can coexist with the new right.
But no matter how far we take this concept, we will not solve our problem of personal identity. We make wholesale changes to the laws and still have murders, suicides, rapes, and all manner of crime, because we cannot escape our inner reality—the state of death. Legality or illegality is not the cause of fear, depression, loneliness, and despair. The void in our inner beings won’t go away just because we can freely express our self-determined sexual identities. We can legislate every historical and biblical definition of right and wrong out of the system, but we will not change humanity’s desperately destitute inner state.
Sinful actions are a consequence of this state of being; they are not the core problem. Just as the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage, the majority of the Christian community has fully embraced no-fault divorce. The law of the land does not define sin but can give permission to indulge in sinful activities with no consequences of punishment. Legislation cannot fix the problem of the inner state of sin but can mask the consequences of sinful actions. Legalizing an illicit drug or a version of marriage is not a political or an ideological issue but a declaration of who we have become.
We will see a progressive increase in historical wrongs declared right and historical rights declared wrong. The more we legalize what is wrong as right, the more we are going to realize that wrong actions and activities are not the primary problem. They are only expressions of an inner state that cannot be transformed through any legislation but only through the simplicity of the cross of Christ.
The progression of culture with its “progressive thinking” drives us further to question if liberalizing matters of the mind and body are the answers we truly seek. Neither will progressively adopting a conservative value system solve the inner dilemmas we so desperately seek. Today, religion promotes conservative values as a reflection of Christianity when eastern religions are fundamentally conservative in their ideology as well.