In his latest effort to look out for us, Bill O’Reilly advised Christians to stop “thumping the Bible” if we hope to win the gay marriage debate. Oh really?
Bill claims that the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals, “We are Americans, we just want to be treated like everyone else.”
A fourth grade homeschooler could deflate that appeal to emotion with one swift poke. Would we let a thug get away with murder by simply stating, “I am an American, I just want to be treated like everyone else”?
Unfortunately for Bill and the many Christians who would agree with him, Bill’s desire to ban Bible thumping was exposed as foolishness when Bernie Goldberg told Bill, “If society has a consensus that it is OK for Lenny to marry his goat, then we can have that conversation at that time.” Yikes.
Who defines what is moral?
Option 1: Consensus. According to Bernie, when 51% of the public decides bestiality is OK, then open up the barn door. One wonders, would that be true of other issues like, say, cannibalism.
After all, on the island of Boingo Boingo, consensus says that noshing on Uncle Joe, while chewy and needing BBQ sauce, is acceptable. Who is right? Americans or the Boingo Boinguesse?
Option 2: Might makes right. Ask the Jews of Nazi Germany how that worked out.
Option 3: Sociological Studies. If a study funded with a big fat government grant concluded slavery would benefit society, would human bondage be morally right?
Option 4: Pragmatism. My grandmother’s life is sustained by expensive life-support which is draining my inheritance. May I kill her?
Where do morals come from?
By asking who defines morality, we are actually running around a more formidable hurdle: where does the concept of morality even come from?
You see, if there is not an objective source of authority, humans can merely have preferences but they cannot say, “I think that is bad.”
Scenario One: Beating a child to death with a club.
From a completely secular point of view, what makes this an act of violence as opposed to an act of evolution? The humanist says, “You shouldn’t do to anyone what you don’t want done to yourself.”
I reply, “Says who? What if I like bludgeoning little kids into corned beef, who are you to deny me of my right to do whatever I want to do with my body? Why would you keep me from doing what I love?”
The humanist protests, “That is an act of cruelty.”
I reply, “I think it is an act of kindness to society as this child is a drain on the environment. This is merely survival of the fittest. Your cruelty is over-ruled by my kindness, now what do we do?”
The humanist says, “You’re nuts.”
I reply, “Says who? I think you’re nuts. How do we know who is right?”
Ultimately the secularist will have to appeal to a human authority like society or government. While these two entities may conclude it is illegal, they still cannot make the definitive claim that clubbing kids is morally evil without appealing to an objective standard of morality.
Scenario Two: What is the speed limit on a country road if there are no signs?
On Monday, a teenager races down the dirt road at 80mph. An old man on his front porch yells at the whipper snapper to slow down to 30. Who is right? Nobody. Both parties can declare their preference but they cannot claim that either speed is correct.
On Tuesday the D.O.T. posts a sign that reads, “Speed limit 30.”
On Wednesday our whipper snapper barrels down the road at 90 and Grandpa yells, “Slow down, ya punk.” Now the old man is right because he can appeal to a higher authority; he can appeal to the law.
Moral to the story
Without a moral law-giver, you and I can have preferences but we cannot have evil or good. Without a higher authority, we cannot even have a concept of right and wrong.
So, the next time someone tells you they think that gay marriage should be legal, respond with one of the following:
> Says who?
> Who are you to impose your values on me?
Should they take the time to ask you why you believe marriage should remain between one man and one woman in a life-long covenant relationship, just thump your Bible and proclaim, “Thus saith the Lord.”