When law becomes arbitrary
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
In an actual court case, a couple sued a Nashville, Tennessee, hospital for $4 million, complaining that hospital staff nicknamed their baby “Smurfette” – referring to a female cartoon character with blue skin. The baby was born with blue skin because the mother had been injected with a blue dye to test for a urinary tract infection. The lawsuit claimed that the mother was subjected to remarks that caused “extreme, distressing and emotional damage, humiliation, and ridicule” to the mother and her just-born daughter.
I don’t know about the final settlement for the case, but I do know it’s outrageous that people can actually walk away with huge sums of money on ridiculous, exaggerated and even untrue claims. Such frivolous lawsuits can increase the cost of medical care because insurance becomes required for every conceivable insult, contention or accident. Individuals, businesses and governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on insurance premiums and indirect efforts to avoid liability in today’s lawsuit-crazy culture.
Law has become dependent on culture, not on higher principle. And every special interest is valid and deserves government attention. People seem to be increasingly justified in venting their selfish desires based on the argument, “I have my rights!” And this pertains to even the right not to suffer a perceived insult.
Under “sociological law” – the law being taught in law schools today – actions are not illegal because they are inherently wrong or if they are logical consequences of inherently wrong actions. They are wrong only because societies and cultures decide they are wrong. This is “value relativism” – discarding the higher basis for law, including moral law. “Sociological law” is simply law based on an evolutionary worldview. And if law is only as good as men, then I might as well create my own law and, by force of my own will and cleverness, create my own selfish reality.
In actuality, true law, good law, comes from God – not from the minds of men. The Bible was the basis for law in Western Civilization for many years, leading to many great things. But this has changed and is another consequence of man’s rebellion, supported in modern society by the popular belief in evolution, not creation.
Once again we get back to the fundamental tendency of mankind to make nature the highest good. Man puts himself and the creation in place of God as the ultimate authority. This supplanting of God’s original authority is what motivated our first parents to eat the forbidden fruit offered by Satan as he said, “…you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)
When you insist on putting a created thing in place of its Creator, you insist on a lie. The thing that was made cannot know enough about itself to know what it should do and what it shouldn’t do. That is why the rules of operation for every designed and manufactured item are set by the maker – not by the thing that was made.
Man, in his fundamental rebellion against his Maker, becomes fundamentally a liar as well as a fool. “For the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made … professing to be wise they became fools and … exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:20, 22, 25)
The logic is simple. If nature and culture become the standard, corruption and chaos abound because an absolute standard of goodness disappears. Things can be argued as being acceptable on a relative basis because they are part of the haze of gray in this natural world that is imperfect and corrupted by evil. Since what is in nature gives very confusing clues as to what ought to be, we can choose our values the way we want to – arbitrarily.
Therefore, we need a standard which transcends the creation, which transcends nature and culture. Herein lies the strength and vitality of Christianity. As the hymn writer put it:
My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
The lie of evolution undergirds so many evils, making creation truth absolutely critical. This is why the ministry of Creation Moments is so needed in today’s society!