The Right Side of History
Should we try to be on “the right side of history”?
“The right side of history,” or if you will, “the wrong side of history,” depending upon the speaker’s context, has become a common-place phrase in political rhetoric the past few decades. What it means is anyone’s guess. Mostly it’s connected to whatever the current speaker happens to want it to mean. \
Where this phrase has most recently been used to ill-effect is as a bludgeon against Christian moral values.
The idea is that if a person believes in right and wrong approaches to, say, human sexuality as defined in Scripture, then you need to change, but quick, and get on “the right side of history.”
To be on “the right side of history,” so the argument goes, you must endorse the latest sexual immorality du jour. But God created and defined sexuality and morality, just like he did everything else. So, the issue is not about history but theology.
The Psalmist said of God, “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal” (Ps. 119:160).
It’s God’s will and words, not humanity’s history, that matter most.