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Vol.  10  No. 1 January 2008  Page 4
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D. Gene West

Choose Your own Values

By D. Gene West

    Not too long ago I ran across a book entitled, Harmful to Minors–The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, written by the Brooklyn-based journalist Judith Levine. Levine founded the feminist organization, “No More Nice Girls.” The foreword to the book was written by Joycelyn Elders. The premise of the book is that pedophiles are usually harmless people. She urged that sex is a wonderful part of growing up and that teens and children can “enjoy the pleasures of the body” and at the same time be safe. Ms. Levine was interviewed, due to the book she had written, by a reporter from a Minneapolis newspaper just after the terrible controversy began to rage over sexual abuse by priests. She commented in the story that a sexual relationship between a priest and a boy could “conceivably, absolutely be a positive experience.” She went on to assert that a sexual relationship between an older person and a teenager could be “more like salvation than victimization.” You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know what values this woman has chosen! I certainly do not want her around my grandchildren! Is Ms. Levine a wicked and evil person? Not according to the moral relativist. She has simply chosen her own set of values and no one has the right to criticize that.

    Just following WWII, there was a lengthy period of “war crime trials” in Germany in which the leaders of the Nazi regime, who did not commit suicide, were tried for their crimes against the Jews, Poles and other non-Aryan groups. Many of these leaders were sentenced to life in prison, and some were sentenced to death. Did the Allies have the right to do this? No, not according to the moral relativists. The Nazis had a right to choose their own values and live according to those values, even if it did involve the “extermination” of God only knows how many people. Nazi values said that they had the right to conquer and rule the world. They had chosen those values; who were the Allies to contest those values? Where did we get that right? According to the moral relativists, we did not have the right!

    In the days of the conquest of the Americas, the Spanish explorers who went to Mexico were horrified to see the natives of that area of the world practicing human sacrifice. However, they should not have been. They should have, according to the moral relativists, simply noted that these people had chosen these religious values and gone on their way not disturbing them in any way. In ancient times, the Hebrews, who later came to practice this terrible thing, were at first horrified when they saw infants sacrificed to the Ammonite god Molech. However, after they came to understand that to sacrifice babies by throwing them into the burning lap of this metal heathen god was just the values that the Ammonites had chosen, they soon chose the same values, and all this made everything right did it not? No, friends, it did not, and God, for this reason as well as many others, destroyed both the Hebrews and the Ammonites for practicing such horrific values. Yet, we are being told today by the moral relativists that we should allow such practices because these people have chosen their own moral values. One question needs to be proposed to the relativists, “Who gave these people the right to choose such values?” God never did! Common sense never did! Love never did! They got the consent for these depraved activities from a corrupt conscience that said, “I will do what I want and call it right, and no one has the right to challenge me.”

    The thinking of the moral relativists, such as we have illustrated above, removes all incentive to live ethically and to cultivate a higher character than the heathens of our world. Embracing this kind of thinking contributes to the corruption of the human character. No one who adopts this kind of empty-headed thinking will ever strive for excellence in any sphere of life. The adoption of this thinking is the very reason “enlightened society” is today falling far below any kinds of standards of morality, and finds itself groveling on the level of animals! God deliver us from the relativists!

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:20-22).

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