If you are like me, you have noticed a clear decline in the morals of our country. Times have changed so much from when I was growing up in our great country. Right and wrong was easier to distinguish then than it is today.
I am sure there are many reasons for these changes, but one reason seems to be the lack of clarity as to absolutes. In our politically correct world, tolerance is the new absolute. In fact, if a person is not tolerant of what other people think and feel they are treated as if there is something wrong with them, and they are the problem. Those who believe in absolutes are considered out of touch with the times and lack “love” which they think is the virtue that trumps all others.
The problem with this approach to life is that it ignores the clear teaching of the Bible. The Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant Word. It is our guide for life and is our moral handbook. Morals start with God. He is the one who establishes right and wrong.
The Bible is not to be a book that we are to pick and choose what we like or what we think fits our view of God. In fact, the Bible tells us that God is just, as well as loving and is able to be both in complete harmony. Disobedience to his will can never be excused because of love. Yes, God loves us, but it took the death of his Son to allow us to experience that love. His justice had to be satisfied for love to be experienced. They work together.
I was reminded of the value of the Bible in Ps. 111:10 which says,
“To obey the LORD is the fundamental principle for wise living;
all who carry out his precepts acquire good moral insight.”
What we need today is good moral insight and that is one of the things the Bible gives us. The belief in a supreme God brings the reality that we need to yield to his wishes whether we like them or not.
He is in charge and we are not. His Word is to be our authoritative guide for life. This understanding of life leads to an understanding of what is right, wrong and morals. As the Psalmist said, the wise principle upon which we should build our life is obedience to his Word. As a result, we will gain real moral insight.
We as disciples of Jesus need to get back to unashamed complete obedience to God and live by his Word whether it is popular or not.
Following Jesus with you,