Judges 17:5-6 – “The man Micah had a shrine, and made an ephod and household idols; and he consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” NKJV
Judges 21:25 – “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” NKJV
When we have as the only basis for guiding or controlling our actions our own desires we are in a very dangerous situation. When that is the condition of the world the opportunity for evil and calamity is increased exponentially. Today, we are nearing if not squarely in that place with the continual assault on Christianity, the Bible, and our shifting moral moorings in this land and world. When people call “good evil and evil good” we should realize that the potential for incredible darkness and corruption has an open door.
It is one thing to choose to do wrong and another to choose not to do what is right. When people make the determination of what is right and wrong based on their personal benefit without regard for the rights of others the descent into total depravity and self-centeredness is impossible to avoid. When people can decide, based on personal desire, lust, greed, or ambition the outcome cannot be wholesome or godly.
In today’s world, we are told that abortion is right because it is a woman’s body and her right to decide what to do with her own body must be protected. What about the right of that baby in the womb? Who speaks for that life? We have experienced over 50 MILLION abortions in the United States of America largely based on the attitude of doing what is right in our own eyes rather than considering what God has to say about life, all lives! We have reached a condition in America where Political Correctness allows for the trampling and redefining marriage, a biblical concept between one man and one woman and people are forced to accept a lifestyle or even do things to facilitate that lifestyle in total violation of their personal convictions. Those who advance that idea are doing what is right in their own eyes and demanding that we agree, even when they are wrong.
Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 3:5-7 instructs us to wholeheartedly trust God and reject the temptation to trust our own understanding, feelings or desires. We are to fear God and depart from evil, and not adopt the mentality that we are “wise in our own eyes” or “do what is right in our own eyes.” Adolf Hitler professed to be a God-fearing Christian and said in “Mein Kampf”, “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Right in his own eyes!
In today’s Postmodernism Christianity has been redefined to mean that Christians can and should mix New Age Eastern Mysticism with Christianity. We are being told by those inside and outside Christendom that all cultures were created by God, therefore, pagans can worship their former gods because in doing so they are really worshipping the true God. Today, anything is acceptable to get people in the pews, even compromising the Gospel. Psychology is mixed with Christianity in the sense that people are told, “I’m Okay, you’re okay” and we simply need to be “positive” and have a “good self-image.” We are told that “all men are basically good” forgetting the biblical teachings about the depravity of man and the need for a savior.
If we do that which is right in our own eyes we make ourselves god(s) and in so doing separate ourselves from God in an act of rebellion as did Adam and Eve in the Garden. We make self the center of our universe and in that place we become our own savior and relegate the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross to meaninglessness.
That is not the Gospel message from the Bible and I will declare the fallacy of that mentality and call it what it is, Heresy! God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him rejoicing in His Salvation!