BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Students at Harvard University where talking with each other about the pressing issues of our day, such as white privilege, free health care, free college, and the widespread systematic racism of the police. Some Christians were passing by as they heard them discussing these issues. They overheard a woman talk about the woman's right to choose.
"We as women are still oppressed. It is 2016, and some people think it's okay to force women to become mothers. It is my body, my choice."
Another person said, "It is 2016, and people still think homosexuality is wrong. What is wrong with these people."
Josiah Buckingham, a Christian, asked them this question, "Hey sorry to interrupt, I couldn't help but hear what you guys were talking about. Why do you guys cite the current year to determine if something is morally right or morally wrong?"
Josiah continued, "If you lived a few hundred years ago, when slavery still existed in America, would you accept as a valid argument, the year is 1820?"
The students thought for a few moments, and silence continued as the process of actually thinking was a new exercise for them, finally responded, "We know slavery is wrong."
Josiah asked, "How do you know that it is wrong? What is your authority? Don't you believe everything is relative? There are no moral absolutes? If that is true, then you cannot know for sure if something is right or wrong. Or if you do argue that something is right or wrong, isn't that just your opinion, or the opinion of the group?"
Josiah then started to talk about how God is the Moral Law Giver and that he determines what is right and wrong and after a few seconds he was immediately interrupted. The students accused Josiah of being a sexist, racist, homophobe from the middle ages.
We caught up with Josiah about the incident, and he had this to say, "I don't understand why people think citing a year is a valid argument for justifying whether something is right or wrong. These same people would agree that murder is wrong regardless of where you are in history. I just wish we could actually talk about these issues in a real meaningful way, but that is highly unlikely."