Many of the topics we've been covering in our current series, Jesus Among Other Gods, touch upon moral relativism.
Some might know what that is, but a few others might be saying, "Those are big words and concepts, Charles. What is that?"
Moral relativism is the belief that says what is true for you may not also be true for me. Perhaps in a most limited context there are some places where moral relativism has place in our lives and interaction. In most areas of life and social behaviour, morality is not relative at all.
How does this play out in our lives and conversations?
You and your friend are conversing. You're getting into the nitty-gritty of real life stuff, touching upon what you believe versus what they believe. You each realize that your individual worldviews are impinging upon the others. In reaction to the truth claims of Jesus you're sharing, they reply, "Well, that might be true for you, but that's not true for me. What's true for you isn't true for me." And some are more blatant than this, claiming that there are no moral absolutes, such as those decrying a Christ-follower's lack of enthusiastic embrace toward alternative sexual lifestyles or other areas of morality. "There are no moral absolutes!" they cry.
How do we respond to this kind of claim?
Reach out and steal your friend's iPhone. This is Andy Bannister's advise. Go ahead. Try it. BUT first, watch his short video on how to follow up this radical action to challenge your friend's claim to belief in moral relativism.