As a nation we are reaching the tipping point at the very core of our moral fiber. As I mentioned last week, TRUTH has become subjective and with it, the fallout of what is good and bad behavior. I do believe generally people have a sense of what is right and wrong, but unless they are taught right from wrong, they will make their own rules up as they go through life without a clear direction to guide them.
For the sake of this article I would like to call truth, the true north on the compass of life. If we define it that way, then 180 degree difference would, by default, have to be moral bankruptcy. In order to remain on course, a person would need to have a stable understanding of where north is, and establish what can be considered to be absolute truth.
So, let’s explore where we might find absolute truth a person can use as a standard to provide guidance for their lives. The criteria must contain at least five elements in order to qualify.
1. It must be consistent and congruent..
2. It must not be bias in favor of one group or thought.
3. It must work 100% of the time without exception.
4. It must not have a hidden agenda.
5. It must be clear and discernible, simple to understand
Our dilemma is who or what provides the voice for such information as to what is right and wrong, good and bad, or moral verses immoral. The field if full of contenders, but it all boils down to just three main sources.
The most in frequent, in your face of instruction today is the media. This includes things like movies, news outlets—visual and written (magazines and newspaper etc.), and the internet which is really a combination of all media. Frankly the media doesn’t meet any of the criteria of the five things I’ve mentioned. For the most part, media is a conglomerate of individuals promoting their own agenda. The average person spends eight hours a day influenced by the media, and frankly I think that is likely a low number.
Another source of guidance are the laws of our land that govern our lives every day. Once you realize you can’t legislate morality and make a law that will fit every situation, it too becomes a moot point and useless to serve as a criteria for moral fitness. Our laws are chiefly constructed by a committee of politicians, and the best description of the work a committee does according to David Cobitz is, “A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members” Kind of leaves me cold.
The third source for discussion is the Bible. In my view it is the only source that meets all five criteria needed for pointing a moral direction true north. Our country was founded on the principals recognized as true between its covers, and most of the founding fathers used it to guide their lives and decisions. Through the years pastors in our church pulpits used it as the single source for how a person should live their lives. It once was the greatest factor that helped guide the citizens of this country to the strength and integrity needed to build a great nation.
I wonder if as a nation we have gone down the road of moral bankruptcy so far that we can’t find our way back. Time will tell, but if there is a moral majority in our country, we had better examine our own lives and then stand up and vote for some integrity and ethical individuals into the leadership positions.