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When Everyone Does What Is Right In Their Own Eyes
"In those days there was no King in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes." (Judges 21: 25)
Gray Matters:  The old love triangle takes a different twist:  brother (Tom Cavanagh) and sister (Heather Graham) fall in love with the same girl (Bridget Moynahan).  But the basic message is:  it's OK to be gay.  This decision is based entirely on personal intuition, with absolutely no referencing of any study of ethics, spirituality, or religion, not to mention anything remotely connected to a church.  A life without recognizing any higher authority is like…the epitome of moral anarchy?  And this is supposed to be cute and funny?  It's actually unintentionally horrifying.
The Hoax:  The true story of how author Clifford Irving (Richard Gere) tricked an entire publishing house into thinking that he had acquired the exclusive rights to publish an authorized autobiography of Howard Hughes.  How they ever got to the point of actually publishing the whole scam without first verifying its authenticity is still somewhat of a mystery, even after seeing the lengthy explanation.  The thing about breaking the ninth commandment is that once you tell a lie, you're usually obligated to tell more to cover up, and before long the soul loses track of the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).  Oh, and it's a short step from breaking the ninth commandment to breaking the seventh (what's one more lie?), and the eighth (why not benefit from all that deceit?), which is all related to the tenth (why should they be driving a Mercedes when I'm not?)…well, you get the picture.  Those who reject conscience do indeed make a shipwreck of their faith (I Timothy 1:19), not to mention their lives, and usually some other lives in the process.
Questions For Discussion:
1)  What authority could or should be used in the ongoing debate about the morality of homosexuality?
2)  What other works reputed to be genuine have in fact turned out to be fiction?  Should there be punishment for those who perpetrate such a deceit upon an unwitting public?
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Terrell, Texas