Recently the Herald (January 22) carried a thought- provoking piece entitled Religion opens door to humanity. It was by Bruce Logan, founder of the Maxim Institute. (If you want to know more about the Maxim Institute, visit maxim.org.nz/about-us/.)
Logan began by discussing Chris Hipkins' belief that state school education should be secular and not include "Bible in schools". Logan pointed out that religion will not disappear from schools even if Hipkins manages to abolish the Bible and its stories as the "religion of self-realisation will simply replace it". ... "G.K. Chesterton got it right when he said 'When man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing, he worships anything'. Chesterton might have added 'especially himself'." ... "The religion of self-realisation teaches that freedom is founded in self-realisation."
More and more we are observing how 'anything goes' with the ships of state becoming ever-more rudderless. In many areas, the sharp demarcation between what was right and what was wrong a generation or so ago, is now blurred into a fog of grey - or in some areas even flipped on its head. Note that Logan hasn't made any ground-breaking discovery; nor does he claim to have. There's nothing new about men (and women) being their own arbiters as to what is right and what is wrong. The phrase "right in his own eyes" occurs some half a dozen times in the Bible; a typical example is this one from Judges 21:25. "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
Am I following the King, our designer, maker and sustainer?