Our search for utopia

The world is going a little crazy wouldn’t you say? The political correctness is going so far that if its right for me, then its right and you cannot say otherwise because you will be infringing on my freedom to choose. We are living in an increasingly relative world.Jim Manny said it this way, “When our personal fulfilment becomes of paramount consideration, we are adrift in a sea of relativism”

The simplest way to explain relativism is to say, “Different strokes for different folks”. It’s the idea that what’s good or bad, right or wrong, or true or false, can be different for different people. Basically, there are no absolute rights and wrongs, only different situations.

Here are a few I have encountered:

I was in meetings with government and they are proposing to legislate that anyone can get married. Transgender people, same sex people, even customary marriage is in the proposal. In customary marriage, it is legal to have multiple wives. I’m not sure why they are not proposing that a woman can have multiple husbands? The proposed legislation would force all pastors who are marriage officers to perform these ‘weddings’ whether it is against their beliefs or not.

Government is proposing the hate speech bill, so if you tell someone they will go to hell for not believing in Jesus it will carry a fine and a possible jail sentence for infringing on their rights. If a pastor says in church that prostitution is wrong, it carries up to a three-year jail sentence for the first offence and up to a ten-year jail sentence for the second. Why, because prostitution is recognized as a way to make a living and you cannot infringe on that person’s rights.

Dr Ruth’s proposal to government in education, which I am grateful to say has been stopped, was that Grade 4 learners should be taught that masturbation is good, intercourse is their right and just a way to make yourself feel good.

I read recently that in liberal circles there are now twenty-eight recognized sexual orientations. That Canada had legalized bestiality and that peado-attraction is being considered in their legislation.

Transgender laws for bathrooms are being passed. If you are saying, “that is ok”, what about the following scenario? Your young daughter goes in to a public bathroom and there was a twenty-year-old guy who happens to identify as a transgender women in there with her?

Gay couples are suing bakers, not for refusing to bake them a cake, any cake would have been baked, but they are being sued for refusing to bake them a wedding cake with two men on the top.

A teacher was recently fired from a top school in the UK for referring to two, 12 year old girls this way when they had performed their task well – “Well done girls” One of the girls parents said she identified as a boy and were offended at his labeling her and the teacher was fired.

Feminist marches, the war of the sexes which has caused a confusion of sexuality and role models. Now feminism has done much for women’s rights, but there is also the unhealthy side of feminism. God created us different, why not celebrate those differences and bring our strengths together? Instead we are told we must all be exactly the same, a kind of gender-less society.

Pluralism is becoming a reality, which is basically the believe that all roads lead to god. All roads lead to utopia. Islam, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Taoism, New Age… It just your preference, do what you want and ultimately you will get to god and utopia. My question is which god and which utopia?

All this is relativism - “Different strokes for different folks”, there are no absolute rights and wrongs, only different situations.

We live in a world where relativism is embraced.

However, increasingly Christians are viewed as a problem for sharing their beliefs with others…?? Really? The fact is that Christianity is the most persecuted and has the most martyrs of any religion in the world.

Friends, neutrality is a myth. When you stand for a belief you are standing against other beliefs. Jesus said it this way, "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (NIV) - "This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse. (MSG) Matthew 12:30

In other words, there is no fence sitting. Either you are for Jesus or against Him! Either you draw people toward Him or you draw people away from Him. John Wesley put it this way, “For there are no neuters in this war. Everyone must be either with Christ or against him; either a loyal subject or a rebel. And there are none upon earth, who neither promote nor obstruct his kingdom. For he that does not gather souls to God, scatters them from him”

The reality is that relativism and political correctness is the silver bullet to the gospel. When we say, “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father part from Him”; we may not be popular, we may not be politically correct and we may face rejection and persecution. But as Jesus Himself said, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”

Think about it.

Does Jesus' call threaten your lifestyle?

Does Jesus’ call on your life threaten your current lifestyle?  Many of the logos we see in advertising point to us living life as we want to.  Living life on our own terms.  NIKE – Just do it!  NIKE (again) – There is no finish line!  MACDONALD’s – I’m loving it!  SKITTLES – Taste the rainbow! RED BULL – Give you wings!  MAYBELLINE – “Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Maybelline”! L’OREAL – “Because You’re Worth It”! MASTERCARD – “For Everything Else, There’s MasterCard”!  JUNGLE OATS – The breakfast of champions!


From many aspects of life and our interactions with media and the world we are led to believe that we deserve something and are encouraged to live life on our own terms.  We look at Facebook and people’s lives seem so picturesque.  We watch the sitcom ‘Friends’ and think that we can never work and just live life in a coffee shop with our, well, our friends. We begin to believe that we are entitled to have a blessed and happy life.  But what if this blessed and happy life is made up in our own minds. 

Our work should be happy and fulfilling.  Our marriages should be perfect, filled with passion, love, joy and perfection.  Our spouses should always make us happy and meet all our needs.  Our children should look, behave and sound like perfect little human beings.  Our homes should be the picture of style, comfort and warmth. 

We diet for two days and go to gym three times and then we should have the perfect beach bodies. And when it doesn’t happen we give up.

We believe that Church should be a place that the people are always friendly, there is never any conflict and love permeates the very atmosphere. The chairs are comfortable, worship and jamming, children’s church is cooking and every one of my needs can be met there.  A place where it seems people walk in through a curtain of the Holy Spirit and all they display are fruits of the Spirit.  Obviously, the preaching always makes us feel good, never challenges our thinking and leaves us with a positive attitude toward making friends, money and influencing people.  And when it’s not we leave.

When our lives don’t tick all the boxes of the 4 ‘B’s’ Bank Balance, Bentley, house in Bryanston and Blissful life do we get discouraged and depressed. 

I wonder if we even begin to create Jesus in our own comfortable image of Him and when He doesn’t meet our expectations in the way we want them met, we chose to move away from Christianity…

I love Jesus, but live my life on my terms, because as the L’OREAL slogan says, “Because You’re Worth It”!

I wonder how many people eventually want absolutely nothing to do with Jesus because He challenges their lifestyles, so they try to dispose of Him and His influence the best way they can.

As Christians we should love the people of the world enough to share God’s message with them but shouldn’t love the morally corrupt system that is in the world. Nothing in this world system loves the Father or finds its source in him.  But living this way may threaten our current lifestyle and things may need to change.

When Jesus’ call to us threatens our lifestyle, or calls us to change some aspects we don’t want to change, do we not respond in a way that is like the Pharisees and try to get rid of Him?  Perhaps not completely but in that specific area?

When Jesus’ call is a threat to our security and position, to our esteem and authority, to our profession and livelihood, how do we respond?

If we're going to really live the Christian life, we need to decide to surrender all our hearts and all our lives. 

He wants to live in oneness with you…to be the centerpiece of everything you do. But, ultimately, the choice is up to you.

If this threatens your lifestyle, perhaps there are a few things that need to change…



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