Is the moral/spiritual world all black and white, or is it also shades of gray?
I believe that when taken down to the lowest level, it is completely binary. There is always a right and a wrong. I think you can reach this conclusion, ironically, with Machiavellian reasoning. For an example, think of some important decision in your life (which would give us at least 2 options of what to do). Was there a right and a wrong thing to do? If it is hard to couch in terms of right and wrong, how about was there a good way, and a better way to go? Good is often the enemy of best.
The world may not be black and white, but at the least it is white and not white. If white is holy, God’s will, then anything that is not completely white might as well be black.
This brings up an important question though, just how wide is God’s will? Are we ever given two white choices? Does God really care if I eat Cheerios or Golden Crisp? I think when you get right down to it, He does care about each and every decision we make.
I also believe that different decisions carry different weights. I think it is a lot like driving from one place to another. There is often more than one way to get there, and the best way can depend on a lot of factors, traffic, construction, time of day etc. Many of which we do not fully know. Sometimes we even have a choice of lanes, and knowing which is better is often hard and also often not that important. If someone gave you directions to drive somewhere you don’t have to call them every 20 seconds and ask, “Which lane should I be in?” As long as you get there, and you do not take too long, no one is going to think much of it. Getting the big things right accounts for more than being in the right lane.
I find it interesting to note that often, like I mentioned in the Spiral post, we find ourselves in the same place in life, needing to get to another known place. However, because of the changing conditions, the “best,” and therefore right, way is different than last time.
So just what way does God want us to go? I think thats another post…