It is said that there is nothing certain but death and taxes. So today is part of the two absolutes – today is Tax Day. And while just that thought may raise anxiety in people, I hope you also see the good that is possible because of taxation – education, infrastructure, research, space program, and salaries for politicians (sorry, that last one was to promote an ‘Ughh’.)
But I want to move away from taxes and discuss absolutes.
Absolutes. The existence of things that are certain, that are set in stone, that do not change based on parameters or conditions – they are, well, absolute. But people tend to argue there are not any absolutes, that everything is relative. This concept of relativism yields to a post-modernistic philosophy of being skeptical of any claims of truth. It is almost as if they are saying what is true for you may not be true for me – that truth is relative to my personal perspective and everything else is irrelevant. So do not try to tell me how to live, for I want to live according to my standards.
If I tried to live like this, this relativism, I believe I would go crazy. How can you live life if everything was questionable, everything was relative, and there was nothing to base your life on? But I also know we are moving into a societal stage of life where any that do claim truth as absolutes, such as Christianity, are attacked. James Dobson writes, “The dominant philosophy in today’s public university is called relativism, which categorically denies the existence of truth or moral absolutes. Those who are foolish enough to believe in such archaic notions as biblical authority or the claims of Christ are to be pitied—or bullied.” ( James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future).
But I believe there is an absolute. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is truth. His Word is truth. Now, I also understand that this is living by something that is beyond what we can see, feel, touch, or even prove. It is a life of faith.
So herein lies the question. Do you really live by faith?
Do you see others the way Jesus sees them?
Do you believe in the principles of Scripture even when the world might say different?
At work, do you strive to honor God?
In your marriage, as a parent, as an adult child of adult parents – do you strive to honor God and respect those in your family?
With your money, are you holding and selfish, or living a life of generosity?
Maybe use Tax Day to ponder what you really believe in – and does your life reflect that belief? I believe in Him and His Word – and may my life show I believe. What about you?