Saturday, February 13, 2010

Objectivity and God

Premise:  God exists outside objectivity and subjectivity.

I heard someone talking today about how we should be objective in everything-- that objectivity was something we really needed to strive for.  This comment really struck me as strange.  Take God out of the equation for a second and consider: is there some great cosmic significance attached to being objective about everything?  What would it get you?  What makes objectivity the holy grail of living? Why bother?

Put God back into the equation.  He is the author of absolute truth.  You might not believe Him now, but you will bow your knee to Him someday because it is promised that "every knee shall bow... every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord"  (Philippians 2:10-11)

So now what is to be gained by objectivity?  Where is that word contained in Scripture?  Is there a 11th Commandment that says, "Above all, be objective!"  No indeed.  But the greatest commandment is "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength."  (Mark 12:30).  And another Scripture says: "Being rooted and grounded in love..." (Ephesians 3:14-16 and continued in Ephesians 3:17-19).

So those are directions to us.  We are to love the Lord and be rooted and grounded in love so that.... "We can know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).

That doesn't sound like objectivity to me.  It sounds like truth from the Author of Truth.... and he has given commandments that just are.  I'd rather follow him than be known as objective.

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