Amorality: Amorality is the quality of believing that moral right and wrong (or good and evil) do not exist in objective reality…“Amorality” is different from “immorality” although they are often confused. An amoral person denies the existence of morality, as opposed to an immoral person who violates a certain moral code, but may still believe in the underlying truth of that moral code. (Wikipedia)
I read that above definition about being ‘amoral’ and with all this talk about moral relativism – there is something within this idea we all address on some level – the need for a liveable value/vice system we can acknowledge. I find it rather hard to believe someone could live a life that was amoral in all regards – making no appeals to their sensibilities about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for such and such a situation…to be perfectly honest I am yet to meet someone who actually thinks this way.
But a liveable ethic is going to be tough to flesh out – especially in the Christian arena of things – of the which – I am entangled in. I have had discussions with people of my faith in regards to what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ – and there is not absolute consensus – maybe there is no absolute truth either (wink wink)? We can’t seem to agree murder is wrong in all scenarios, or that guns/weapons are a problem in society, or which level of sexuality is acceptable (yet some of it is), or which faith systems we accept (but some are accepted), etc. I am not being amoral here – I think there is an ethic I adopt in each of those situations – there just isn’t a consensus.
So why this issue in the New Year? As Christian people we have been slipping and allowing in ethics that are destroying both our faith and the communities around us. We gave no excuse for this – it just happened – and few ministers and denominations ever ‘bat an eye’ to the ethical dilemma’s they are in.
We have churches teaching children to go to war and ‘hate’ the other side of the planet – along with politicians who say this – yet no one says much. Abortion is always a 100% ‘no’ issue while handguns and war are both protected by your nations bill of rights. Churches resemble professional business enterprises and we find no problem with this much wealth (mammon) on the plates of a few (thank God for Capitalism!). Churches have become openly divisive in the West (including politics) and Nationalistic that we have lost our true essence on some level and sold good interpretation for ‘the one that upholds our nation’.
The Christian faith is awash with conundrums of the such in the West – on a bigger level than we want to actually admit (and even if I over emphasize the strength of the problem – is that not better than under-estimating?). I think this New Year we need to start deciding with is our ‘liveable ethic’ and what are we teaching others by what we believe. Does it resemble the teachings in the book or the teachings in the local newspaper? It might actually be better to be amoral than fall on the ‘wrong’ side of some of these issues.