My friend, may I ask you a question? Do we live in a culture today where being neutral seems to be the “moral” decision; even when that neutrality abuses our moral judgment? Is neutrality a scheme or a moral stance?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
A number of years ago, there was an issue on our local ballot which involved making a moral choice. If you voted for one candidate you supported the choice and for the other you did not. I stopped into a local business in town and asked if they would be interested in putting up a placard supporting the candidate who I knew they believed was the better candidate based on that moral issue. Their response: “We can’t be choosing sides.” I was told. “If we do, we might lose business! We have to be neutral when it comes to doing business.”
I’ve never been a big fan of neutrality. You know, the feeling that if we plant ourselves right square between two ideas we’ll never have the problem of having to embrace one side or the other. Unfortunately, we live in a culture today where being neutral seems to be the “moral” decision; even when that neutrality abuses our moral judgment.
Here’s a story: There was a high school values clarification class conducted recently by a teacher in Teaneck, New Jersey. A girl in the class had found a purse containing $1000 and returned it to its owner. The teacher asked for the class’s reaction. Every single one of her fellow students concluded the girl had been “foolish.” Most of the students con- tended that if someone is careless, they should be punished. When the teacher was asked what he said to the students, he responded, “Well, of course, I didn’t say anything. If I come from the position of what is right and what is wrong, then I’m not their counselor. I can’t impose my views.” (Senator Dan Coats, Imprimis, Vol. 20, No. 9, September 1991.)
Choosing between right and wrong is not an objective decision. It’s purely subjective and it involves judgment. Remaining neutral is a scheme, not a stance. When we’re confronted with moral decisions, there’s no room for remaining neutral or riding the fence. There is a path that leads to righteousness and one that leads to destruction. They both go somewhere. Choosing a neutral path is a choice. The problem is--that path leads nowhere. It simply continues on and on without end or goal. When it comes to doing God’s business, we must choose a path. There is nothing neutral about God.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Choosing between right and wrong must be an objective decision and it involves judgment. Forgive us Lord when we choose to remain neutral when objective truth is at risk. When we’re confronted with moral decisions, remind us that there’s no room for remaining neutral or riding the fence. You have shown us a path that leads to righteousness and one that leads to destruction. Put us on the right path and keep us there. When it comes to doing Your business, we must choose a path. There is nothing neutral about You O Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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