I was thinking about Virtues. Aristotle's explanation of "the mean." In his view, correct moral behavior in any given situation lies at the midway point between the extremes of two vices. We must practice hitting the mean by determining which vice we tend toward and then consciously moving toward the other extreme, until we reach the middle.

An example of this is found in one extreme where we have the spendthrift, and the other extreme a miser. First we begin far left, then we go to the other extreme far right. According to Aristotle's "the mean" we are to go back from the far right until we hit the happy medium. So we have a spendthrift, miser, and between them a discreet spender.

The problem I see from using an Aristotelian approach to circumstance, especially within the church is that we may compromise on the word of God. For example, Post-Modernist believe that all truth is relative to an individual. Sometimes, it can even be said that all truth is relative to a society or, in this case a body in the church. What happens when society's way is far extreme and God's word becomes the far extreme right? Do we go left, right, and backward away from the word of God, thus compromising?

My analogy demonstrates a center medium defined by two curbs ever shifting left to right and back again. This windy road is far from the straight and narrow.

My point is there is no Virtue apart from God. Whether we stray slightly, or fall flat away from God as though there be a lesser of two evils in this approach, we eventually end up in the direction of Evil. In this case, the far left. Truly, a one step back, one step forward, and one step back approach is no different than two steps backwards and one step forward - so much for progressiveness.

This came to mind as I listened to arguments of a certain church body. I believe in their eyes they were choosing a medium or being virtuous in regards to homosexual marriage. No matter how slight or extreme society considers God's word, it is never a "golden mean" to lean away from His word.