We’re running into a deep mud quite very fast. Trying to divorce morality from the Christian faith or flatten its importance, for whatsoever deep reason we may pose, seeks inadvertently to destroy the core of the faith and erase its effect on the society. The moral decadence which has bedeviled the society coincides perfectly with society strive to overturn religion, to remove God from stardom. It also coincide with the surge of religious extremists who have no regard for God’s moral standard. A decent society owes its decency to morality, to good conscience. And divorcing morality from religion leaves us with question, ‘Why be moral?’ and, ‘What standard of morality do we follow, in fact, who sets the standard?’. And by the time we get here—where morality is a subjective decision, then we have no case against the man whose subjective standard of morality contrasts with ours, or even the one whose subjective perception of life has led to him seeing no reason for morality. I mean we have no case against Hitler. And, in effect, morality loses definition, concreteness.
Yes, one can make commendable attempts at morality for the subjective reasons, but should that become our standard—subjectivity. If so, then again, we must allow everyman the right to disagree with our morality, and perhaps, exert his opinion, which may be contrary to our particular perception of morality, as the real morality. Thus, we’re not getting anywhere, at least not anywhere good.
It is especially distressing that a new school of Christians who are completely not at peace with the word ’morality’ are arising. I mean the kind that believe God doesn’t expect ‘morality’ from us. If all we need is the badge of “faith” with no fruits, which is what we have for the most part currently, then religion loses relevance in the society, especially when him that believes glories in immorality against a backdrop of forgiveness more than the unbeliever. We’re fast becoming as wayward as the world we are trying to convert, and may in no time outrun them. We must listen now.
‘For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially towards you.’ (2 Cor 1:1).
Written by Ajah Henry Ekene.