Franklin Graham

Who defines morality? Apple CEO Tim Cook recently received the Courage Against Hate award, “for his work as a champion of unity, diversity, and social progress.” In his acceptance speech, Cook–who in 2014 declared “I’m proud to be gay” and became the first openly homosexual CEO of a Fortune 500 company–defended the banning of certain speech and news media on Apple platforms when they violate the “values” of their company.

That should concern all of us. He said, “We believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world. I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside in a moment of trial is a sin.”

The only thing is, as sinful human beings, we don’t get to define morality or sin according to our own desires, preferences, or agendas. Tim Cook can’t; I can’t; and you can’t. Sin and morality has been defined by the God of the universe. God and God alone.

God’s Word, the Bible, is the standard by which questions of good and evil, and right and wrong, are determined. We run into all kinds of problems if Apple or Google or anyone else tries to censor according to their own personal code of right and wrong.

That was the problem among God’s people a thousand years before Christ appeared, as the Old Testament Book of Judges drew to a close: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).