This story caught my attention…if you know me, you can imagine why! The issue is not just about the sexual identity preference of one little boy…this is an issue that is deeper, more shocking, very pervasive, and extremely alarming as each of us has a front row seat to the deterioration of any moral fabric in culture.
Let me say, culture is not obligated to have a moral foundation…culture is what we make of it. In other words, culture is a reflection of the people, social institutions and messages (that soak all the senses) that make up its complex matrix. If anything, a story like this is a clear presentation of how far the "internal moral compass" or even the "external, majority rules/political correctedness" launch pad for moral deliberation has steered our culture from any degree of "righteousness."
The truth is, I even hesitated a bit using a word like "righteousness" (see below for more) because it implies that there IS a moral standard that transcends reality…in fact, THE moral standard is ultimate reality, i.e. God. You see, if you adhere to an understanding of God and align yourself with that relational truth, you have moral accountability and have to deal with the questions of how life was designed, how are our decisions reflecting that relationship with God, what would God have to say about our life decisions, etc. IF you don't have any sense of moral accountability except that which makes YOU "feel" good or, in other words, that which only reflects personal preference, you have (what we are seeing played out in culture) moral anarchy. I really believe that many in our culture would like just that – moral anarchy. But that is what you get when you mix a distorted view of freedom and the deification of the individual…you have a responsibility-less society which no rudder for moral choices except that which pleases the whims of individuals and their preferences. Stay "tuned" as we contemplate more of culture in life to come…
By the way, my "simple" way of defining "righteousness" = right relationship and right lifestyle that reflects or is an authentic implication of that "right" relationship. In other words in Kingdom of God context/Christ-honoring, righteousness comes from God and as we live that gift in our life, we live in righteousness…we are always challenged to live out a righteousness that comes as gift from God and is a refection of His new life within us.