Thursday, August 11, 2005

I am (am not) comfortable with...

When people with a secular perspective speak about morality or just plain right and wrong, I often hear them say something like: "I'm just not comfortable with that approach." I notice this creeps into more religious circles as in, "I'm not comfortable with Benedict XVI on that issue." This language is revealing of how far into subjectivity and relativism we have wandered. Moral norms are not there to comfort but to guide, challenge, provoke us. Nearly always, shouldn't moral standards make us uncomfortable as they attempt to move and stretch us to a better moral life? Are you comfortable with that?