“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged” (Deuteronomy 6:1-2).
It’s unfortunate that so many perceive God as a heavenly killjoy, and His moral codes as the means by which He deprives us of the pleasures to which we think we are entitled. A more appropriate understanding is to see His Laws and precepts as an efficient guide to how life is best lived, and the means by which we function together in community. Even under grace, we cannot reject the moral absolutes that God saw as basic to human existence. When society rejects the absoluteness of moral law and embraces, instead, moral relativity, it cannot then complain about the want of virtue. Relativity emasculates the human spirit and then wonders why it doesn’t produce character.