Moral Values

December 4, 2013

Moral Values

            In a community where moral values abound there is no need for laws.  In the rural community where I grew up we never locked our doors.  The doors weren’t even equipped with locks and keys.  We trusted our neighbors.  No one ever stole anything.

Fortunate are those who have high moral values.  Even more fortunate are they if they are surrounded by others who have high moral values.  Why then are we so negligent in teaching our children the need of having high moral values?  Deuteronomy  6:24-25 says that the moral standards God has put forth are for our good.  “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.  And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.”

Our society is suffering because of the belief that moral values are relative.  Many think there are no absolute moral values.  That leaves everyone free to choose his own moral values.  We are left in a state of chaos.  The same problem arises with those who say “There is no absolute truth.” Without realizing it, they contradict themselves.  For them the statement, “There is no absolute truth” is converted into an absolute truth.

Moral relativists like to boast about their tolerance of those who have loose moral values.  At the same time, they are intolerant of those who disagree with them.  They say that those who believe there are absolute truths are mean spirited, exclusivistic, and judgmental. Moral relativists also have some absolute moral values.  If someone steals his car, he will be irate and call the police.

Modern secular man doesn’t like to be told what he can and cannot do.  He wants to make his own rules.  His justification for rejecting Biblical moral values is to say that they were for a different age and culture.  The truth is that what is right or wrong doesn’t change.  What was good for our ancestors is good for us.

To know whether the moral relativists are right, all we need to do is look at what is happening in our society.  Unrest, immorality, social injustice and emotional distress are increasing. A news commentator recently cited a poll that says that 70% of Americans don’t trust one another.  It’s time to stop and ask ourselves “What are we doing wrong?”

The Bible says “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  God’s laws don’t change.  Psalm 119:141-142 says, “I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.   Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.”  We need the wisdom that comes from God.  James 3:17-18 says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

When a society declines, in large part, it can be attributed to a decline in moral values.  As we noted in Proverbs 14:34 “Sin is a reproach to any people.” History bears that out.  When people depart from God there is always a decline in moral values.  We are concerned about the lack of moral values on the part of many of our government leaders.  They are making decisions that affect our wellbeing.

Does it matter to you?  Doesn’t it concern you that our nation is in a moral and economic decline?  Don’t be among those who refuse to be informed.  Moral values make a difference.  You can make a difference  by having high moral standards.  We all need to respect and accept God’s standards.  They are for our good.

We need to be looking for a solution to the problem.  An overall solution would be a national revival.  I want to invite you to join with me in praying for revival.  On the back of every letter we mail I put a label that says “Pray for revival.” You could do the same.  If it’s too much bother to print labels on your computer, you could do it by means of a rubber stamp.  To order one on line, just type in “rubber stamps” in your search engine and you will find where you can get one without much expense.

The following are some suggestions of things we can do to arrest the downward spiral of moral values in our lives and those of others we know:

  1.  Commend friends, relatives, and fellow workers when they show some commendable moral value.
  2. We need to be around people with high moral values.  One good way to do that is to be active in a good church.
  3. Refuse to watch movies or television programs that make a mockery of moral values.
  4. Read books that were written by or about people with high moral values.
  5. Don’t vote for political candidates who don’t have high moral standards.
  6. If possible, contribute financially to political candidates with high moral standards.
  7. If you are a parent, you need to discipline your children, in love, when they lie, steal or lack respect.
  8. Frequently invite Christian friends to come to your house to pray for revival.

Have you been converted to Christ?  Included in conversion is a transformation of moral standards and attitudes.  Don’t become a Christian just for that reason, but it will be a result of it.  II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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