Faces on Faith: A case for moral standards
The normal reaction of older adults to younger ones is to either be too alarmist or too complacent. And neither of those is prudent. But when I consider that the rising generation will be my doctors, caregivers, first responders, business leaders and politicians, I do assume some personal concerns. I wonder how long it will be until the simple act of referring to God’s standards, as expressed in the Bible, will be considered a violation of human rights.
Beyond the impact on my own self-interest, I’m troubled by the ruin of lives that results from a lack of moral standards. The inability to make moral judgments destroys the integrity of relationships and the meaningful pursuit of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Individuals, families and nations can be ruined by a weight of immoral or amoral behavior that is engaged with thoughtless regard for consequences.
Moral choices are more than a matter of taste or preference. There is a growing tendency to say that the only truly immoral act is to attempt to assert any moral absolutism, because the mere expression of a moral view is tantamount to dominating and controlling others. Some claim that we cannot legislate morality, but is that not the very core of our civil laws and legal system? Do we discard the absolutes of math and science because they don’t mesh with our personal opinions?
Compassion for the younger generation leads me to resolve to do what I can to proclaim the truths of God’s Scriptures kindly, gently and with respect. The eternal destiny and present joy of this generation of young adults are at risk. The Word of God brings light to our path (Psalm 119:105). It is the Bible that opens our eyes, makes the simple wise, and warns us when we are getting into trouble (Psalm 19:7-11).
To those who are concerned with the moral drift in our culture, I encourage you to express your belief in moral standards that bring us to conclusions of what is right and what is wrong. Our founding fathers were willing to risk everything for what they believed. They were men of creative wisdom who formed a republic based on the unchanging, eternal absolutes of God and his word.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen LeBar is the interim senior pastor at the Sanibel Community Church.