“Let’s play memory!” This has been a frequent request at our house the last number of days. Af first memory or “Go Fish” was very difficult for my five-year old but the more we play, the better she is getting. Even my two-year old can help get half the pair, if it’s an animal he really likes. As we played numerous games, I noticed an interesting thing happening. At times my daughter, April, would pick up one card and then the second card she’d pick up was one she had picked up repeatedly before hoping, hoping that somehow if she picked it up often enough it would suddenly become the matching card as she turned it over. At first this was quite frustrating for me and I tried explaining that simply because she wanted the card to change into the matching card it wouldn’t. A lion would ALWAYS stay the lion!
Then after an interesting encounter my husband had with someone. I began to realize that situational ethics doesn’t only exist in children, it also exists in adults. Too often, we bargain or make allowances that something is okay now given the situation. One thing we must remember is that we can never do a wrong thing in a right way. A popular argument is that because one is a Christian, he can do things in a “Christian” way. But one can never make sin a christian thing! Participating in New Age practices, eastern medicines (such as homeopathy, reflexology, iridology) and any cults or occults can never be done by Bible-believing Christian or in Christ-like ways. What other ways can we be caught by situational ethics? For example, it’s okay for me to share this “prayer concern” with the whole world (but if I were in their shoes, it would be called gossip). It’s okay for me to listen to this music because after all, I’m relieving stress (but if my child or anyone else were listening it would be called rock n roll, or rap). It’s okay for me to dress like this (but if it was someone else it would be immodest). Quite by accident, this can catch us over and over again. Let us keep in mind:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.