God gives moral laws in the Bible for three reasons. The first is to steer the conscience of a society. Communities who are ignorant of God's moral law run amok more so than otherwise. The second is to drive the conscience to Christ. God the Holy Spirit uses our knowledge of moral law2 to convict us of our sins, and convince us of our need for forgiveness.
Dear EFCA Family,
Disgusted with the Supreme Court decision today. It ranks down with Dred Scott and Roe vs. Wade as among the Court's most disastrously wrong decisions.
Secular libertarianism is the real enemy. But are we Christians even capable of mentally engaging it? Some do try to give a defense of the hope we have within us. But a lot of American Christian churches have spent the last 50 years preaching utter gibberish about financial prosperity, laughing revivals, rolling revivals, end-times Y2K paranoia, and little kids taking rainbow-rides to heaven. Meanwhile, various famous celebrity-pastors (what an ignoble phrase!) of many different denominations further discredited Christ by crashing and burning in sex and financial scandals of every kind.
Maybe American Christianity needs to clean up our own internal household first, then we'll be better able to persuade a secular/libertarian world around us.
If the Duggar family weren't semi-celebrities, I think it's unlikely we would have ever heard about this scandal. Media likes scandal because it sells advertising. So media tells me breathlessly, "You need to pay attention to this!" And I reply, "No, I really don't." Media is everywhere, and we have to work to shut it out. Our family doesn't even own cable, and I still know about this.
1. One of the reasons the world hates God is because only God gets to make the rules. Cain hated God because God told Cain he had to approach Him on God's terms, not his own (Genesis 4).