How do you decide what’s right and wrong?

Who taught you how to breathe air?

Stupid question. We naturally breathe without being taught. And while your parents may have done their bit, it’s a similar story with forming our view of right and wrong.  

When we hear someone’s view, we react with our approval or disapproval. But how did we come to that judgment? Why did it just sound right or wrong?

Much of it is about our culture. And when everyone around us celebrates some things and slates others, a certain morality is already in the air.

And we breathe it in without much thinking. 

Morality-Machines

But there’s a problem with this.  Human culture is formed out of human hearts. And human hearts are hardly neutral.

 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Our hearts lie, while they claim to be telling the truth. They suppress the truth that God has made plain (Romans 1:18).

In other words, our morality-machines are bust and can’t be relied on to judge what’s right and wrong. Doing whatever seems right to us will lead to disobedience.

Just ask Adam and Eve.

A New Heart

As Christians, God gives us a new heart – one which is formed by what he says in his word (Ezekiel 36:26)

So we shouldn’t just breathe in the cultural air, believing whatever seems right to us. Our views should be held up against the Bible. Some views will be affirmed; others challenged.

Other things in the Bible may appear deeply offensive (Hebrews 4:12). But doesn’t this prove what God says about our flawed hearts?

His word can be trusted. So wrestle with it. Discuss it with godly friends and family.

God’s pleased, not only to replace our broken morality-making hearts, but to service them with his word until they reflect his own (1 John 3:2).