Are We Back In The Dark Ages? (Or Martin Luther, Where Are You?)

There was an interesting product available in the medieval world, called an indulgence.  It was an official document marketed by the church that gave an individual permission to do wrong without it being held against him/her.  If someone had a wild craving or compulsion, he/she could lay down some cash and then go do what he wanted with a certificate promising him/her a clear conscience.

A fellow named, Martin Luther, thought that giving people prior permission to do wrong wasn’t good for society.  So he protested, broke up the church, and helped end the practice of selling indulgences.

However, nowadays, in the 21st Century, indulgences are back, and this time they are not for sale; they are free for all.  So if anyone wants to indulge in immoral behavior all he/she has to do is surrender his/her conscience to society’s pervasive, permissive influences.  Here are the keys to 21st Century indulgences:

* Public approval of immoral behavior.  It is socially uncouth to disapprove of someone’s behavior, no matter how offensive it may be.  To consider particular behaviors to be immoral, nowadays, is usually labeled as judging. 

* Freedom from individual responsibility for our behaviors.  Our wrongful behaviors are now often blamed on the influence of society.  It is not our fault that we do what we do, but it is because of our parents, our problems, our genetics, the media, politicians, etc.

* The idea of situational ethics.  Behaviors that have been considered immoral for millennia by most of the world’s cultures are in the 21st Century pronounced as hunky dory.

So here we are, morally back in the medieval world.  Hey, wasn’t that called the Dark Ages?  Martin Luther, where are you?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to Are We Back In The Dark Ages? (Or Martin Luther, Where Are You?)

  1. Mary says:

    Love the new site for your blog. As always, keep up the good work for our Lord.

  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thank you, Mary! It is fun to start a new blog. I appreciate your encouragement. Hope you will keep coming back here.

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