In his book, Because He Could, Dick Morris writes, “In one survey, I gave voters two ways to describe how they felt about moral and ethical issues, and asked them to choose the one that mirrored their views. The first paragraph read: (A) I believe in a strict code of morality and right and wrong which comes from God’s word and the Bible. I try to live by it. Drugs and illicit sex are wrong so I don’t engage in them. To do so would violate my personal moral and religious beliefs. The second posited a contrasting view: (B) My conduct is governed more by common sense and practicality than by an abstract morality. It is more factors like the danger of AIDS, the possibility of pregnancy, and the importance of a good marriage than morality or religion that stop me from illicit sex. The bad experiences people have had with drugs and the way I have seen it mess up lives is the reason I abstain from them, not some moral judgment that drugs are wrong. The results were fascinating. Those over fifty chose statement A by 54 to 32; voters under thirty-five opted for B by 45 to 40. The younger voters were guided by their life experiences, not their religious beliefs.”
- Because He Could, Kindle Loc. 3841-53 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson
A not so subtle shift has taken place in our culture, life experiences are becoming more authorities than belief systems. One of the things this means is that the church should proclaim Jesus as a person to know, not just a doctrine to believe. After all, that’s how Jesus depicted Himself.
John 14:6 (HCSB) “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”