My friend, may I ask you a question? Is moral relativism throttling our country? Do we live in a culture where it’s politically incorrect to call something bad? What has changed?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Growing up as one boy among three, I think that I might speak for my Mom who’d be quick to attest that there were those times when she wondered why God gave her three and not just one. The fact is, I often misbehaved; leading to outcomes that were judged as either good or bad. Perhaps I’d broken something through my foolishness, hurt someone because I was careless or, even worse, gave my Mom some “lip” that required Dad’s intervention. That’s when the scolding would begin and I’d hear these words: “What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you be good?” (And the closer.) “I don’t know what am I going to do with you anyway!” Two very good questions followed by an even great closer from a parent’s perspective. (I think it was a good pressure reliever at this point.) “What? Why? I don’t know!” I heard these declarations often in my boyhood; the reason being, I was often bad; and, there was no reluctance on the part of my Mom or Dad declare what was obvious. I don’t think they once thought of the possibility of wounding our little egos by calling us “bad” boys, because we were, more often than I care to imagine or admit. They called them as they saw them, basing their judgment on their knowledge of right and wrong and an expectation of behavior they had adhered to themselves. God and bad was anything but relative. They were quite certain about that.
Unfortunately, times have changed as the America we live in today teeters on the brink of moral destruction, seemingly unable or unwilling to distinguish between right and wrong. Moral relativism is throttling our country. We live in a culture where it’s politically incorrect to call something bad because good is really relative to the situation and the individual. It hasn’t always been that way, though.
Here’s a thought from the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville. After visiting America in 1831, he said, “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests–and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution–and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!” (Alexis de Tocqueville.)
When was the last time that you saw the “flames of righteousness” leaping from the pulpit of your church? In too many American churches today the flame has dulled to a flicker. Where is the zeal to be a good people in a good nation? It was there in de Tocqueville’s time nearly 200 years ago. But, there was something different then. Americans believed that good behavior was essential in a good society, and bad behavior must not be tolerated. All too often the message today is one of tolerance despite the behavior. How can a nation remain good when it espouses what’s bad? Sadly, unless we as a people raise the alarm, what once was a consuming fire may soon become only a smoldering memory of good that has eroded and crumbled away.
We pray. Heavenly Father, our nation has abandoned the love that she once held so important to her. We called goodness bad and bad as good. Forgive us Lord because as a nation we have embraced the world and its values and forgotten your will for us as a people called to worship you, praise you and abide in goodness in the shadow of your grace. Please restore the conscience of this nation Father and give us another chance to draw near to you in obedience and love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
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