The Moral Compass

Hi there

Proverbs is a book in the Old Testament of the Bible and in chapter 14 we read this: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death”.

After Jacob’s ten sons sold their brother, Joseph, into slavery in Egypt, they spent two decades haunted by an ever-present feeling of guilt. Whenever Egypt was mentioned, they experienced a pang of guilt for what they had done. I had something pop up on line recently from the English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, who poignantly expresses the mood of this menacing memory: “From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.”

Most people believe sin occurs only between themselves and some impersonal, arbitrary law made up in former times to keep people from enjoying themselves. I reckon the main reason today’s young seem to have been given for moral integrity is “because the church says the Bible tells us so.” For this reason, many waste their time trying to undermine the credibility of Scripture and the authority of the church. If they can overturn them, they reason, they will be free to have all the fun non-Christians supposedly have. I have this challenge quite a lot presented to me.

In this progressive culture, I am finding more and more that people believe that morality changes from age to age and culture to culture. Society decides what is right and wrong. Under this reasoning, sin depends on the circumstances of the moment. Through the media and entertainment, the world promotes quite a different level of moral acceptability than God’s standards, illustrating Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

What happens to our sense of sin when God’s standards seem no longer to be valid? For an answer, all we need to do is take a look at our global society—its violence, sexual immorality, greed, stealing, and lying resulting in mass deaths, horrible diseases, rampant fraud, massive distrust, and misery. Why is it like this? “Where there is no revelation [divine vision], the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law” (Proverbs 29:18). This is why the standard of right and wrong can only come from one who is perfect—our Creator, the Almighty God.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 7:14 that God’s law is spiritual. The average person, however, considers laws as strictly physical guidelines that were invented to restrict him or her. But in the widest sense of the word, man’s relationship to God, affected by sin, is what constitutes guilt. Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2), and guilt is the result of that separation.

So as we observe the moral compass of our world leaders seemingly move a little from “due North” or may be as our new boss begins to show signs of working with different values, let us as a Christian at work remember to stay true to the cannon of Scripture and the base line of morality – God’s way.

Have a great week

Mark

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