The story of those three teenagers has a core message – the need for law, for rules, for something transcending, or above us, to guide us, to limit us, to tell us what we can and cannot do.
Now, no doubt, the idea of rules or laws to limit us might sound very uncomfortable to ears used to hearing nothing but talk about personal freedom, moral autonomy, and personal rights.
Yet no society can function without such limiting rules and laws. And no one would want to live in a society without them either. The irony is that true freedom is found only in an environment of law!
Imagine, for instance, a society with no traffic laws – no stop signs, no red lights, no give-way signs, no crosswalks, no speed limits, and no right- of-way – nothing to stop you from doing whatever you wanted behind the wheel of a car – except, perhaps, the semi or the SUV that squashes you flat.
Are these the kind of roads you would want to be driving on, or that you would want your family on?
Of course not.
It’s the same with morality. For all the talk about moral relativism, would you want to live in a society with no laws against stealing, murder, kidnapping, arson, assault, torture, rape, child molestation, sexual trafficking, and so forth?
Of course not. Who would?
Which means, then, that we all need to live under laws and rules that transcend us, that are over us, and that tell us what we should and should not do.
This, though, brings us back to the question posed above. OK, so we do need certain rules and laws to guide us. That’s fine, even obvious.
Where, though, should those laws and rule come from?