One board game we kids loved was Monopoly. Since the game usually takes quite some time to play, it was guaranteed to fill up the tediousness of long summer days.
However, we got a bit inventive about it by devising a rule its creator never envisioned: we were allowed to cheat. You could cheat in any way you desired, by stealing money, houses, hotels, even property, provided you could get around the board once without being caught. (Apparently that was the Statute of Limitations.) If you were caught, you had to fess up and return the stolen merchandise.
This made the game a bit more intriguing, and I admit my older sister was a whiz at it. Complications arose, however, if a player ever had to use the bathroom. You did not dare leave the room without memorizing the entire board, how much money and property you had, and how much money and property the bank had. It was certain that when you returned from nature’s call everything would have changed.
It reminds me of the way some people see morality: supposedly changeable. I’m especially distressed by this occurring in some Christian denominations. What was once decried as evil is not only accepted in modern times but even declared good. I was told by a young man when my fiancé and I were at our Engagement Encounter that the Catholic Church was way behind the times by still banning contraception. Well, before 1930 every Christian denomination, without exception, declared contraception evil—and then the Anglican Lambeth Council of that year decided to accept it.
Has God changed His mind about this? We’re told in Numbers 23:19 and Malachi 3:6 that God does not change. So there are only two ways to look at this alteration of doctrine: either the Anglican Church was wrong before 1930 about contraception being evil or it was wrong about contraception being good after 1930. Either way, it was wrong at some point in time–and about a moral issue.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,” the Bible tells us (Isaiah 5:20).
We just can’t go around changing God’s laws like we can those of a man-made thing like baseball, football, or a board game of Monopoly.
After all, we don’t have a monopoly on morality.
Only God has that.