Could you please send me the Gallop or Barna poll you eluded to on shifting morality? Thanks.
Here’s a link to the article on our nation’s shift in morality.
Here’s a link to the article on the shift being due to the 55+ age group.
How do you stand up for moral issues without appearing as if you are judging others? There is so much accusation of hate when you only state what we hold as the truth.
What I tried to stress in the sermon is that the best way to stand for moral issues is to tell the truth while living according to the moral issues you are standing for. For the Christian, though, we can’t pick and choose the biblical morals we want to follow. When we do, we lose our moral authority, because it appears as if we’re picking and choosing the moral behaviors we want to judge others with while ignoring the moral expectations in the Bible that we’re not living up to.
One example that may help: When it comes to our biblical stance on marriage being between one man and one woman. This is a truth that we cannot back down on. Yet our words of truth will be more compelling if our Christian marriages were all the Bible calls them to be (see Ephesians 5:22-33). Without vibrant, grace-filled, abounding-in-love Christian marriages, the world hears our words, but looks at what we’re doing in our marriages and says, “I think I’ll pass.” But if we Christians show the world what a biblical marriage is — in flesh and blood — then they may want to hear from us because we’d be showing them something that’s desirable.
What is the difference between opinion and judgement? Can you have an opinion without being judgemental?
An opinion would be “I like vanilla ice cream more than chocolate.” A judgement would be “Everyone who chooses chocolate is an inferior human being.” So, yes, you can have an opinion — “I like vanilla ice cream” — without being judgemental — “people who like chocolate are OK, too!”