It’s said that beauty is in the “eye of the beholder.” Since one’s view is relative, what he considers beautiful, good, or right is often his opinion.
This is the world’s thinking. It believes that beauty or right are found in anything if it doesn’t undermine something else. There are no absolutes. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”
Christians know and follow the absolutes of God’s Word. They know relative truth is wrong. When they express God’s unchanging views, the world labels them and their words as judgmental, cliquey, or intolerant. The world tells them that right and wrong vary by location, time, and situation. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”
Before his crucifixion, Jesus prepared his disciples for his death. He said, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices” (John 16:20).
Indeed, the world would celebrate Jesus’ death. His teachings countered the prevailing thoughts of his day. His foes would not accept or tolerate what he identified as sinful. Therefore, they viewed his arrest, torture, and murder as the right thing. To them, “he had no beauty or majesty” (Isaiah 53:2). To them, he was wrong.
But, Jesus pointed his disciples past that dark time when their “grief [would] turn to joy” (John 16:20). His death produced life when he victoriously rose. Joy would come to all who behold him as their Savior by faith.
Are things really in the “eye of the beholder?” Certainly, views on earthly matters are sometimes relative since the beholder determines their value.
However, Christians view all things by faith through God’s Word. Right and wrong are absolutes. Through Christ, our eyes behold the truth. Through Christ, we see light, life, and salvation.
Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org