Robert Capone in Hunting the Divine Fox writes...
What’s so all-fired important about morals? Why isn’t it just as important for us to have infallible answers about Economics? Or Art? Or Child Rearing? Or Cooking, for that matter? God knows, the number of evil cooks in the world is enough to make any reasonable man long for guidance from on high.
I’ll tell you why morals got up there in the Top Two. It’s because they thought it was the church’s real business. But it wasn’t, and it isn’t, and it must never be allowed to become so. The church is not in the morals business. The world is in the morals business, quite rightfully; and it has done a fine job of it, all things considered. The history of the world’s moral codes is a monument to the labors of many philosophers, and it is a monument of striking unity and beauty. As C. S. Lewis said, anyone who thinks the moral codes of mankind are all different should be locked up in a library and be made to read three days’ worth of them. He would be bored silly by the sheer sameness.
What the world cannot get right, however, is the forgiveness business—and that, of course, is the church’s real job. She is in the world to deal with the Sin which the world can’t turn off or escape from. She is not in the business of telling the world what’s right and wrong so that it can do good and avoid evil. She is in the business of offering, to a world which knows all about that tiresome subject, forgiveness for its chronic unwillingness to take its own advice. But the minute she even hints that morals, and not forgiveness, is the name of her game, she instantly corrupts the Gospel and runs headlong into blatant nonsense.
The church becomes, not Ms. Forgiven Sinner, but Ms. Right. Christianity becomes the good guys in here versus the bad guys out there. Which, of course, is pure tripe. The church is nothing but the world under the sign of baptism. It is the mixture as before, dampened.
Given this presupposition...the church is to be about forgiveness and not morality...why is it that we as the church care so much about the morality of the world?