Rules Are Essential
Imagine you are
at game seven of the World Series. It is the bottom of the ninth, the score
is tied and your team is at bat with two outs. The pitcher hurls a blazing
fastball and the batter swings with all his might. “Strike three!” barks
the umpire, “You’re out!”
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But wait a minute,
the batter is protesting loudly. He is demanding another chance to hit
the ball. The umpire takes off his mask, looks the batter in the eye and
says, “Sorry, Pal, you’re out.”
But as the umpire and the batter stand
toe to toe, the people in the stands begin to chant in unison, “Four strikes.
Four strikes. Four strikes...” The umpire looks at the angry crowd, the
batter, the crowd again, and then back at the batter. “Ok! Fine! You can
have one more strike.” Now the crowd is happy and so is the batter. Everything
is not ok. The rules can’t be changed! It’s not right! How long could the
game of baseball survive if the rules were changed every time someone was
upset about being called out? Not very long! Soon the game would be in
chaos and completely break down.
Yet people constantly
try to change God’s rules to fit their immediate circumstances. This is
called moral relativism. Relativism teaches that there is no absolute right
or wrong; whatever you believe is right for you is right for you. Yet this
lawlessness only causes society to break down and move toward chaos.
God is unchanging in His rules for all
creation, because He knows that creation would have no future without His
absolute standards. This is why God says, “I the LORD do not change So
you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed” (Mal 3.6).
God has even
given us a rule book, the Holy Bible, to teach us His standards. His Word
is His law and it will not change.
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