Milo Yiannopoulos’ life just changed. After he made some statements interpreted by many to validate sex between grown men and underage boys, his book has been pulled by his publisher and he has stepped down from his position with Breitbart News.
The actual impact of these events on Yiannopoulos’ success remains to be seen. As they say, “all publicity is good publicity” and even the most sickening revelations can prove advantageous for a celebrity.
But let’s move beyond the man to a topic: that of truth as it relates to morality.
Is there such a thing as truth or not? If not, then our society has been unjust to Milo. We can’t say there are no absolutes and then criticize a man when he crosses a line which we have already deemed arbitrary. How is what Mr. Yiannopoulos suggested wrong if, indeed, there is no such thing as right and wrong?
One might say, “Well, in this case he is suggesting something illegal.”
But if there is no such thing as right and wrong, what is our basis for calling anything illegal? The kind of behavior Milo Yiannopoulos has referenced has not always been illegal everywhere? If you don’t believe me, and you have the stomach for it, do a little research on the activities of men among the elite class of ancient Rome.
The biblical teaching, of course, is that there is such a thing as truth, and that truth is a worthy foundation for morality. God is “Truth” by His very nature, and every Word that flows from Him is true. Every law He gives is good. Every parameter He establishes is right and moral.
God is angered by sin and grieved by the bankruptcy of societies where people do what is right in their own eyes. Sooner or later, mankind’s arrogant attempt to create a morality of his own fails. His sinful human nature always finds a way to distort the truth and create chaos out-of-order.
Evidently, Milo Yiannopoulos’ perspective is where some people draw the line. I get it. He has entered a realm where innocent children have been victimized and hearts have been wounded forever. It doesn’t get much worse.
And I am glad society still has a “line.”
What bothers me is, without a source of absolute truth, the line can and does move.
Some might say, “Oh, no. We would never move the line to allow such things as Milo is suggesting.”
As someone who has seen the line move several hundred feet in one short lifetime, I can say with all confidence this is a highly naïve perspective. I wish I could say otherwise.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am glad people draw moral lines in the sand whether or not they accept God as the Author of absolute truth.
Yet, today’s outrage can become tomorrow’s permissiveness.
Without truth where do you draw the line?