Recently, Will and Jada Smith has had an investigation my CPS due to a pic of their 13 yr old daughter, Willow, lying on a bed with a 20 yr old male (she was fully clothed). In the article, this is a statement that Will made regarding his children:
‘We don’t do punishment,’ Will told Metro last year.
‘The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been – it has a little too much of a negative quality.
‘You can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.’
It’s that last line that caught my attention. It made me think of the current progressive argument in our church about sexual morality. It goes essentially like this:
So long as you are not hurting anyone and it brings you fulfillment, it should be blessed and honored.
Our definition of sin, it would seem, has been reduced to nothing more than how it affects our human flourishing. So long as you can explain to me why what you did was right for you to do, then we as a church should validate it.
I don’t blame Will Smith for reducing morality to what his 13 year old daughter can justify in her teenage heart and mind. Such is the way of the world. But when those who profess Jesus as Lord and claim Scripture is authoritative reduce morality to whatever a person can justify in their heart and mind, or prove that they are not hurting anyone, I have to ask whether the church has lost it’s way in favor of keeping up with the