Is Right Ever Wrong?
Is Right Ever Wrong?
by Keith Bellamy
My dad taught my brother and me that "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right. My dad's philosophy has stuck with me. He was raised by honorable parents who taught him the same thing.
And, yet today, if you listen to the media or those in the political realm…and even some religious people…you might come to the conclusion that two wrongs, DO make a right!
Is right ever wrong? When you don’t have a standard to follow, then anything goes. But what if you have a standard? Like the Bible.
I was recently asked if I thought a certain lifestyle was right or wrong. I responded that it wasn’t right; but it doesn’t matter what I want to believe, whether it’s right or not. I choose to believe that the Bible is a safe guide for me to use to establish a standard in my life by which I can live. Jesus said in John 8:32, “…You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (NIV). Oh, I’ve read other books. But none of them measure up to the Bible.
In Jesus’ day while He was on this earth, many people had the same attitude that Pilate had when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). In Pilate’s world truth was whatever you wanted it to be. And it would seem, that in our culture today, truth is whatever you want it to be. After all, if it doesn't matter what truth is, then it’s all right to do or say whatever I want to do or say.
A number of years ago, missionaries were asked to teach ethics in Russia. The Russians knew they couldn’t teach the subject. After all, if truth is what you want it to be, then, why not teach whatever you want. Isn’t it strange the Russians were amazed as to how the missionaries used the Bible to teach ethics and truth.
Where do you want to place your trust? In some man or woman, or in God?
Is the conscience really a safe guide? Does it really matter how we live, as long as we have a clear conscience? “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared…” (I Timothy 4:1-2).
Is that really the standard we have developed in our country? Slander is wrong all of the time. Someone bent on living in sin is pushing God’s way out of their way so they can do what they want to do.
So, I try to follow a standard…the Bible. As hard as I try, I often fall short of living up to this standard. And even though I fall short, I don't know of a better standard to rely upon.