It has an interesting name. It is called moral relativism. Two passages in Judges (17:6 and 21:25) say the same thing: “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When people do what is right in their own eyes it means that they are lawless and Godless and have basically said that they are their own Kings. Of course that is a picture of folks who don’t allow themselves to live under God’s rule and grace. All mankind falls under that umbrella – we all want to be King, after all, as a famous song says, “it’s good to be King”. Obedience to God as the ultimate King comes by faith in the King whose throne was a cross and whose rule is over the hearts of men by mercy.
Think of the forms of insanity that develop when everyone does what is right in their own eyes. A member of the tribe of Levi (Judges 17-21) sells himself as priest to a man named Micah a pagan. Remember, the Levites who were not priests were given various duties in the caretaking of the tabernacle and its furnishings (Numbers 3:21–26). The priests among the Levites were given the immeasurable privilege of doing service in the tabernacle. This act is basically sacrilege. The tribe of Benjamin, one of the 12 tribes of Israel, sports and mocks strangers and Levites to the point where they rape and murder the wife of a priest in a horrifying situation that sounds like Sodom and Gomorrah (Judges 19-20) . Not only is “Baal” accepted, an idol that God had prohibited and ordered excised from the land, but God and His ways are mocked. Failure to stress honor and decency grew until they were nothing but targets for ridicule and laughter. Romans 1 is Paul’s catalog of what happens when folks do what is right in their own eyes and refuse to see God’s qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—which can be clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, “so that people are without excuse”. “Each man was his own king.” Benjamin had thrown morals aside and ended up almost creating their own genocide.
We see it today as well. People in charge of upholding our laws and enforcing them decide what is right in their own eyes and ignore some laws for their friends and apply them in strange ways to those who “in their eyes” are unworthy. Teachers who have the job of teaching young skulls full of mush teach what is right in their eyes and fill our airways with filth because they can. One Fresno State teachers tweets are vile hateful diatribes that will continue because as she said, she makes $100,000 a year and she is tenured and “can’t be fired”. Our parents save all their lives to send their children to schools that spend that kind of money to propagandize and paganize those children who mock their values and rejoice in their own stupidity and perversity. People who pray and support the government by their taxes and want “live quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and holiness” are called unsophisticated and “deplorable”. Christian values are called “creepy” and Christianity is sought to be excised from the public square.
Moral relativism results in no morals at all.