Mick Jagger got it right
The Rolling Sones song, “Sympathy for the Devil” revealed so much about the adversary in so many ways, it can only be interpreted as an anthem against evil and moral relativism.
The words, “Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints” shows the bankruptcy of moral relativism. If you have no absolute values, it lets you twist any ethical situation to your purpose.
It gives you license to do — and justify — anything you want.
This is why, even though I’m not Catholic, I have immense respect for the current Pope. One of the first issues he brought up was the swamp of moral relativism.
Without absolutes, you are adrift in a sea of “anything goes,” so long as you can rationalize or justify your way through it. And who can say you’re wrong, if there is no standard to judge it against?
Couple it with today’s tendency towards narcissism, and you have a recipe for sociopathic behavior.
That said, let’s look at the flip side.
When you have accepted certain absolutes, and learn how to judge whether or not certain things — or people — fit that mold, the tendency is to judge and condemn those who don’t fit your version of reality.
Remember that we are commanded to love the sinner, but hate the sin. If you find a sinner, it doesn’t do much good to judge them in a way that condemns them. If you want to judge them for having an unacceptable behavior or belief, then fine. But remember that they are still valuable humans in their own right.
You are encountering a valuable human being that is saddled with a behavior or belief you can’t reconcile yourself to. In fact, if that person sets up a personal enmity with you, you are actually commanded to love them.
Sure, it’s difficult. But you must separate the person from their behavior. Otherwise, you’ll descend into the mindless philosophy of a B.F. Skinner, who thought that people were only complex stimulus-response operant robots.
God gave you a brain. He also gave you free choice. We must use it to “judge” wisely, and not condemn others.