Donald Miller, in his blog, wrote about changing the perspective of morality from a natural moral law or a moral law from a text, to a narrative moral law. What exactly a narrative moral law is he doesn’t expound on much, but I have my theories.
In a society that is becoming increasingly post-religious, post-modern, post-anything, we are also becoming individualistic in our approach to morality. Nothing is right for everyone anymore, it is right for someone to be sure, and wrong for everyone rarely.
Miller thinks that we should look to a narrative structure to see a new perspective on morality. What if there were universal truths and morals that we were all working towards in each of our stories? What if the story of our nation is about working towards those truths together? What if instead of passively saying, “that is good for you but not for me,” or actively saying, “that is wrong and you are wrong,” we said, “what is good for all of us?” and “how can we together live meaningful lives?”
I have no doubt that is a conversation that would be heated. Maybe its a conversation that has been had in the past and ended with an agreement to disagree. But I think it is also a conversation that is worth having again.
I do know, that as the church, we should focus less on trying to get others to see our point of view on morality, and more on living out what we believe to moral and right.
Miller most interesting thought was this:
“Without morality, a character cannot tell a good story, and once the credits roll in his life, he will realize he journeyed without a compass, and took himself precisely nowhere in all his travels.”
Is it possible to have morality that unites rather than divides? Can we talk about morality in a light that isn’t about making a more comfortable society but that is about giving people meaning in life? I don’t know. What do you think?