Social Conscience Versus God’s Standards

Bible Summary. A social conscience is a set of customs and norms that are acceptable to a given society. Society’s conscience changes over time and is usually driven by public acts and laws. Examples of social conscience can include ideals such as “homosexuality is OK”, “church is OK”, “giving to charity is important”, and so on. Having a high-minded social conscience does not mean you are right with God. Our society’s conscience can reinforce, but not replace God’s standards for living. In most cases, in most societies the accepted social standard leads you away from God. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on social conscience.

Jesus and the Adulteress – Changing Social Conscience Through Public Acts

Jesus and the Adulteress
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– Changing Social Conscience –
“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her …
– 1st John 8:7-9

Social Conscience Is Driven By Public Acts.

A social conscience is a set of customs and norms that are acceptable to a given society. Society’s conscience changes over time and is usually driven by public acts and laws. For example, during a U.S. television awards show Britney Spears and Madonna kissed each other on stage. This event had an immediate effect on the social conscience of the country. After this public event, the social conscience changed where it was now acceptable for two women to kiss in public. John 8:9 advises how Jesus changes social conscience.

John 8:9, “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”

A High-Minded Social Conscience Does Not Please God.

If you live by the highest social conscience of society, this will not get you into heaven. You are at best pleasing man, and not necessarily pleasing God. Many people think that because they are pretty good people they are pleasing God. Acts 24:16 advises us to have a conscience void of offense of God and of man.

Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”


Social Conscience Without God’s Standard.

Our society’s conscience can reinforce, but not replace God’s standards for living. In most cases in most societies the accepted social standard leads you away from God. People for the most part “think it strange that ye run not with them” instead of being led by God. 1st Peter 4:4 advises us not to rely on social conscience as our standard for living.

1st Peter 4:4, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:”