CNN conducted a poll of 1,010 adults asking them to pick which behavior is morally wrong. Right, CNN of all networks dealing with an authoritative issue such as morality, but that is another story. Here are the results with the percent of subjects saying the behavior (sin) is morally wrong:
#1 Cheating on your spouse 94%
#2 Cheating on your taxes 90%
#3 Having an abortion 57%
#4 Engaging in homosexual behavior 50%
#5 Looking at porn 46%
#7 Smoking marijuana 35%
This brief survey shows how uncircumcised the heart of the average American is with respect to sin. It shows that most Americans believe in a RELATIVE system of MORALITY. Fifty percent said that it is wrong to cheat on your spouse while they said is it not wrong to engage in porn.
Nietzsche wrote, “You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist.”
The average American does not believe that God punishes sin with His mighty wrath. If the average American believed the gospel, he/she would know that ANY sin will send him/her to hell no matter how ‘little’ said sin is.
What the American moralist does not realize is that his system of RELATIVE MORALITY points to an absolute standard. Everything in this universe is measured against a standard. Morality is the same. Since we have relative morality, logic dictates that there must be some higher, absolute standard.
That standard is God and His Word. God and His Law.
You break a tiny part of the Law, you are guilty of breaking the entire thing.
This survey once again confirms what the gospel claims, and that is the fact that we are dead in our sins. And we try to make ourselves feel better by ranking various sins. How convenient.
The Bible is clear on this subject, I just wish the average American would care to heed what it says in Romans 2:15 about the fact that deep down we know what is right and wrong:
“the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them”
Thanks for sharing, Delight.
There’s no question we are losing the battle in the morality department. No surprise as we’ve continually made the wrong decisions on things like, homosexuality, marriage, and abortion. The Bible is not the authority that it once was in America.
As you have noted: “That standard is God and His Word. God and His Law.”
Since so many have a relative view, we will continue to see problems. I think they will increase.
As the older generation dies off, I think many of the numbers will get worse. All of the areas listed above, with the exception of abortion, are getting worse.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.
Until then, we continue to pray for our nation and individuals we know who hold a disrespectful view of God’s Word.
Actually, with the “Day After” pill so readily available, it is hard to tell where we stand on the abortion issue, too.
I bet you some who take the abortive pill may say that abortion is wrong. We are really confused as a society… Everything is relative, nothing absolute.
I agree, we are totally confused as a nation. Our moral compass is not just broken it is smashed beyond human repair. Situation ethics rules supreme.