We’re living in precarious times when many seem to follow an extremely loose doctrine with which knowledge, truth and morality are no longer considered absolute.

As a Christian businessman, I’ve seen a sad decline in how business decisions are often executed and at the same time how humankind has come to shun respect for proven principles that have worked well for centuries — in fact, even from the beginning of the human race and the transcription of the written word.

What I believe we need is to have a heart-to-heart discussion on this critical topic.

Over the past few decades, we’ve been inundated with the concept of relativism. The term is defined as “the doctrine that knowledge, truth and morality exist in relation to culture, society or historical context, and are not absolute.”

Let me share my thoughts on this controversial definition.

Doctrines of Knowledge, Truth and Morality need to be based upon time-tested principles that have been around since before the written word first evolved.

We are talking about Wisdom that has been passed on through the Ages. Who do we think we are to take these proven principles and throw them out and replace them with relatively short-lived concepts and unproven ideologies?

In my insurance practice, I’m occasionally confronted by contrarians who deny the need for certain product solutions presented based upon their personal or business circumstances.

I’ve learned to receive each prospective client’s decision to either accept or decline what I propose. After all, it’s their circumstance, not mine!

In a similar fashion, I recognize we all have a choice to make in what we do and do not believe. But we really should have an open mind and assess the historical truths that will always be there for our testing.

In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul instructs us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

The verse continues: “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good pleasing and perfect will.”

That’s pretty much all we are required to do — be in His good and perfect will!

Over the past 40 years, I’ve come to place my trust in the pages of Holy Scripture (every word and thought), which contain the most significant accounts of early history — His Story.

Jesus was there in the beginning with God in Genesis 1 and He’s also easily found in the end of the story in that final Book of Revelation.

I encourage you to read the complete account, but I must confess that you may not get much out of such a task. You see, in order to understand God’s Word, you must first accept Him as Savior and Lord of your life and place your total trust in Him.

Unfortunately, this world has been poisoning our minds and gradually taking an immense toll in replacing God’s Truth with Satan’s Lies.

What we’re talking about here is a life-changing decision that will open your eyes to the Light that illumines the darkness all around us.

For those who remain unconvinced, I trust you will very soon come to experience the merciful God of Creation.

Passages to Ponder

Jim Langley

Jim Langley

Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He can be contacted at jim@fourthquarterstrategies.com for more information. The opinions expressed are his own.