Updated: Nov 16, 2021
Does your morality matter?
Morality in principle concerns the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
Let us make it clear that Christianity is not about morality it is about grace.
The Grace of God changes our hearts, our thinking, our behavior. Our moral behavior in life is then a result of our relationship with God.
God’s grace helps us “to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age”. God himself is at work in us by his Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:13).
We are not of the world and we therefore cannot ignore our moral behavior. If we support or keep the company with immoral and agnostic people, we lose our Christian witness. It has been observed throughout history that any immoral activity harms not just people individually but society overall as we are all connected in community.
We cannot and must not associate with someone or a group whose lifestyle and speech is anti-Christ.
There have been many examples throughout history. A recent example is Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria a Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist who was the founder/leader of the Medellín Cartel. Pablo Escobar was a hero by many poor people in Medellin because he gave them money, had schools and parks built in poor neighborhoods, and gave jobs to the people. Although Pablo Escobar helped people and did good, we cannot turn a blind eye to his other evil and moral failings.
This flawed view of morality/ethics we are seeing today is from many things within our secular relativistic culture. We think we can compartmentalize our behavior away from God and pick and chose our ethics and make deals with God. But God will not be mocked!
We claim to be pragmatic (secular would be a better term) and define what we think God wants us to do and how to behave. But that self-proclaimed immorality disqualifies us from many things in life, being parents, grandparents, business leaders, holding public office etc.
We must strive to live morally righteous and virtuous lives, both in thought and deed.
If we live a Christ-centered life we are by nature dependable, trustworthy, reliable and a good example for our young people in matters of character and moral uprightness and civility.
It is only through God's Grace and his Holy Word that we can find our way.
People who flaunt the success of their immoral behavior, and subsequently destigmatize and normalize evils which, if spread, will bring discredit and ruin to society are not someone to follow or admire.
When speaking about America and our form of government virtues is what make it possible. The founding fathers agreed that without a virtuous people, the rule of law and of representative self-government America would not survive.