Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three Things Thursday


1. I didn't really watch the Grammy's or the State of the Union this year. What can I say? I'm not interested in seeing millionaires applaud each other.


2. But, oh man, the morality police came out of the woodwork, after both events.  Left and right, I saw people saying, "You shouldn't judge other people! They can say or do whatever they want."  This is a false argument, which pretends to carry weight by vaguely resembling something Jesus said. The truth is that freedom itself is not moral.  Just because you are free to do something, it does not mean it is right for you to do it.


In the same way, I see a lot of pro-choice people make the fundamental mistake that "choice" itself is moral.  No.  If there is a choice between two opposite actions, one is a right choice, and one is a wrong choice.  Choose wisely.


Of course, you could always have a choice between something bad and something worse, in which case, most ethics tell you to pick between the lesser of two evils.  Hopefully, you have the ideal Christian choice: between something good and something good.


3. "You shouldn't judge other people, or how they act" IS ITSELF a judgment on other people and how they act.  Seriously, if you say that, you are judging other people, and you are therefore a hypocrite.


To further the hypocrisy, you'll notice people who follow the "no judging" rule never apply it to positive judgments, such as "I support the President" or "such-and-such is good".

12 comments:

Flashman85 said...

So...are you saying that, if given the choice between leaving the house and staying at home—two opposite actions—one of them is right and one of them is wrong? Because I'd love to use that argument the next time anybody wants me to go anywhere.

Catherine said...

Yes! Thank you Michael for pointing this out!

Another thing I really hate is how everyone is continually being told to; "Tolerate, accept, don't judge."

Grrr! But some things are BAD and SHOULDN'T be tolerated!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Catherine! For example, people preach that we shouldn't slut-shame, but when pre-teen girls (12, 13 years old) are dressing promiscuously and looking to have sex or drink heavy alcohol, that isn't something that should be accepted.

Anonymous said...

“In the same way, I see a lot of pro-choice people make the fundamental mistake that "choice" itself is moral. No. If there is a choice between two opposite actions, one is a right choice, and one is a wrong choice. Choose wisely.”


I would argue that this comment is a fallacy because it’s using objective mortality. What is right to you, may not be right to me, or the guy down the street and so on. Take something like interracial marriage. Probably harmless to you, it is to me, but my grandfather will talk for hours about how races mixing is eroding is the fabric of America and is bringing God’s judgment down upon us (you don’t even want to know what he says about homosexuals.) If you use objective morality, then somebody is wrong. Is it not judging to tell my grandfather, that even with the “evidence” he uses to back up his belief, that he is wrong?

Anonymous said...

You are so cool, Michael!!!:) I really like how you are honest about these kinds of things and are not afraid to say it on your blog.:) It would be scary to say things that a lot of people would not agree with you on, because for sure, you would be criticized by the people who disagree with you. That takes both guts and bravery. And that makes you cool that you speak in support of a higher power/good.:) Never lose that truth. It may be rough not to go with flow/the world, but our heaven or hell is forever. I am rambling.:) Sorry.:D I just wanted to encourage you to keep it up.:D God Bless.:)
P.S. I agree with Catherine and anonymous at 12:21.
Also to anoymous at 12:48, it kind of sounds like you are talking about relativism. Also God did say in the Bible that homosexual acts are wrong. Jesus also supports this when he said something like this, "He made them male and female and a man shall leave his mother and father and cleave unto his wife and together they shall be one flesh." That is so beautiful.:) I may not have gotten all the words right.:D As Fulton Sheen would say, "Bye now and God love you.":):):)

Anonymous said...

Probably off topic, but isn’t it a little ethnocentric to claim, “Hopefully, you have the ideal Christian choice: between something good and something good.” How is that uniquely Christian?

Anonymous said...

This is classic about how both Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill were both good men; not one was better than other but what is taught in Western world is that just Churchill was a good man.

Anonymous said...

Maybe because Hitler murdered people...?

Like, a LOT of people?

Anonymous said...

Churchill did many horrible actions as well and killing is not only crime that good or bad in humans.

C said...

yes, but Churchill allegedly was a racist, and is held responsible by some for the deaths of millions of Indians.

Anonymous said...

So one cannot judge better person!

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