Ralph wasn't worried
when the Supreme Court handed down the ruling.
A foot will no longer be 12 inches long.
Such a hard standard is prejudicial against those
from other cultural backgrounds, the majority
judges ruled. Individual communities are
to determine what length a foot is in their own
Ralph normally worked
with the same set of subcontractors. They agreed to
keep the current 12 inch standard. He wasnt
worried. Several months later, Raph bid on a plumbing
job in a nearby community. He used the twelve inch
standard. This community, however, used one meter to
the foot. That's what the concrete slab contractor
used. The framer, being from another town, used the
royal cubit18 inches to the foot.
When the house was
finished, they had a problem. Though beautifully
framed, it was surrounded by huge slabs of exposed
concrete. Plumbing came up in all the wrong rooms.
Commodes were placed in the living room, den, and
kitchen. The house was a large, expensive mess!
In an age relativism,
were encouraged to look inside
ourselves to determine what is right for us. If
we don't violate our internal standard, then we're
good. Problem is, were often selfish. We tilt
our standards in our own favor. Actions are justified
as necessary by our sense of need and desire. We live
for ourselves, adjusting our morality on a sliding
scale to fit our preferences. With no absolute right
and wrong, good is what is good for me and God is a
reflection is my self interest. Values are confused
with opionions. Character is considered personality.
To suggest absolute standards, makes you a narrowed
One of the Bible's
darkest times is the period of the Judges when
everyone did what was right in his own
eyes. This period is characterized by a long
period of moral decline and depravity. Everyone set
his or her own standard. Culture decayed as morality
declineda large expensive mess!
Today we face the
challenges to live above our cultureto realize
there are absolute standards of right and wrong.
Those standards are not based upon human preference,
but upon the unchangeable character and nature of
God. They are not open to popular opinion, or even
what we feel is right inside ourselves. They are
built on faith in absolute truth and spiritual
The book of Proverbs put
it this way: There is a way which seems
right to a person, but the end of that way leads to
death! To change our standard of right and
wrong to make it socially and personally more
acceptable may be more comfortable, but a world built
with such an approach leads only to confusion and