Online at CT today is an article by Mark Galli that takes up the recent spike in “moral language” in the public square. Specifically, he points to Al Gore’s speech about global warming, where he said action to counteract climate change was a “moral imperative,” as an example. He also mentions Barak Obama’s recent brush with comments by General Peter Pace about the immorality of homosexual behavior. Galli points out that moral language has become the nuclear option for liberals and conservatives alike.
Christian activists, as we might expect, often pull this card out of their tunics, especially when they get in a prophetic mood. They are getting in this mood more and more lately, making everything and anything a great moral issue. The budget has become a “moral document” to some, as the Federal Marriage Amendment is to others. For many Christian activists, Left and Right, moral posturing has become politics as usual.
Galli concludes that the rise in misuse of moral language undermines the Bible’s approach to morality, which is best illustrated in the parable of the publican and the Pharisee. Read the full article here.