I read a blog a few days ago of a blogger I respect. She stated that morality concerns were an important part of whom she supported in the recent American elections.
Of course, this set my wheels in motion, and what strikes me deeply is that
for most people, morality comes down to just a few considerations: namely, sex,
abortion, and perhaps drugs. I could go on to write at length about those
issues, but they would simply be my opinions that would be arguable. No, what I wish to
highlight today, is my perplexity over how most people tend to selectively
limit their concerns about morality.
Personally, I don’t see Christians’ great anxiety in areas of sexual
morality being transmitted to other areas of morality, and I find this most
troubling. There are ten commandments, for example, and aside from adultery,
none have to do with sex. There are prohibitions against lying, murder,
idolatry, stealing, blaspheming, sabbath activities, and coveting, but somehow
or other, these are not of great concern to the majority of moralists.
I want to know why does sex become, for hordes of people, the single area
that defines morality. It doesn’t make sense to me. It seems to me that the
vast majority of Christians pick and choose their moral concerns very
selectively and easily push to the back of their minds and tend to excuse all
sorts of other moral issues.
Our most famous but not always beloved politician of the modern era, Pierre
Elliot Trudeau, once declared, "There's no place for the state in the
bedrooms of the nation," and I'm afraid that I am forced to agree. Whom
someone sleeps with affects me not in the slightest, but I may be affected tremendously
by their lying and stealing, for example.
So, as in most things in this old world, what I am saying is that I just don’t