OUR BROKEN MORAL COMPASS
Bruce's Beat 2-4-2018
This was the title of an article written by George Mason University professor Walter Williams earlier this year. Williams wrote: “More recent nonsense taught on college campuses, under the name of multiculturalism, is that one culture is as good as another. Identity worship, diversity and multiculturalism are currency and cause for celebration at just about any college. If one is black, brown, yellow or white, the prevailing thought is that he should take pride and celebrate the fact even though he had nothing to do with it. The multiculturalist and diversity crowd seems to suggest that race or sex is an achievement. That’s just plain nonsense. In my book, race or sex might be an achievement, worthy of considerable celebration, if a person were born a white male and through his effort and diligence became a black female.”
Williams’ article aptly describes our national situation. The rejection of God and the Biblical standard of right and wrong has resulted in embracing misguided alternatives which declare that all values or morals are equally valid. It mirrors the dark time described in the book of Judges, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 17:6.
To survive in the wilderness a compass is one of the most useful pieces of equipment one can have. The magnetic compass needle always points toward the polar north magnetic field and it never needs a battery recharge. With a little bit of practice, one can orient himself accurately with a compass.
To navigate and survive in the moral wilderness of this world fallen in sin, we need the moral compass of God’s word. The word of God upholds the sanctity of life – “Thou shalt not kill” – Exodus 20:13. The word of God defines the home and family – “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh . . . Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” – Matthew 19:5-6. The word of God instructs the respect of property – “You shall not steal . . . you shall not covet your neighbor’s house” – Exodus 20:15,17. The word of God teaches the importance of civil government – “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” – Romans 13:1. And the word of God instills a true sense of justice and mercy – “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. . . . Love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:8-10.
God doesn’t leave us on our own. He gives us the best and highest standard for our good. We can wander in the wilderness of multiculturalism or we can accept God’s guidance. The choice is ours!