Being Legal Doesn’t Make It Right

September 26, 2008

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” – Colossians 2:6

The battle over so-called abortion “rights” reminds me of another battle I witnessed early in my life. Many of you, like me, are children of the South. Do you remember the mindset among racial bigots in the South in the ’50s and ’60s? It was a mindset of intensely, and sometimes violently, demanding that the laws of segregation stay in place! Why was that? Well, deep-seated in the sinful nature of every man is the sense of dread that we might be wrong in God’s eyes. And there’s no doubt that the segregation and discrimination of the old South was a great evil! It contaminated our culture and poisoned our society. Yet there was an impassioned plea to maintain the laws of segregation, because of the belief that if it’s legal, it’s right! The laws “legitimized” the evil.

We see this same kind of mindset today as many secularists of influence try to codify their beliefs in such issues as abortion and the gay lifestyle. They feel that if they can institute the right public policy or institute the right law, it will make their beliefs legitimate. They have confused legal rights with righteousness. They have not learned a very important principle: Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.