Who Moved the Boundaries?
Our country is confused! Everybody has a different opinion regarding what is or is not acceptable. In today’s America, what is right for you may very well be wrong for me. Young people are being taught that they have a right to choose their position regarding right or wrong based solely on their desires. So, according to our society, public education system, and many parents immorality is not wrong as long as you engage in it responsibly. “Just be careful”, they say. But what happens when teenagers who are not old enough to handle the challenge of an unguarded moment make a mistake? They end up scrambling to try to undo what they’ve done, often enlisting the aid of adults who, instead of helping them to avoid the situation in the first place, actually contributed to the problem. How did we ever get to where we are?
The problem is that our society has ditched every resource for discerning boundaries. We have not just moved the boundaries, we have destroyed them. In the name of personal freedom we have taken away all means of guidance for our young people.
We have also forgotten that freedom is unequivocally bound to responsibility. The greater your freedom, the greater your responsibility. That is why certain things are withheld from young people until they are old enough to handle them.
So what is the answer? It’s not simply a matter of reformation. People are going to do what they want to do.
In Romans 1:16-17a the Apostle Paul declares, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:”
Without Christ, man does not have the capacity to know the truth, and simply knowing the truth is not enough. We must be willing to embrace the truth, as well. Until we do, we will continue to have young people who struggle to know the difference between right and wrong, reaping the ugly consequences of living in a world without boundaries.