Morality

People throughout history have defined – and had defined for them – the precepts by which they and their cultures define right and wrong.  We are governed, to a large extent, in one of two ways:  Either by those who would do the defining for us, or by democratic principles.  

Despots (kings, emperors, czars, dictators, etc.) govern by force; i.e. those with the power do the defining. They do the enforcing as well, usually with ruthless brutality and a callous disregard for human rights.

Under democracy, however, we are governed by those we elect, and we are careful to limit their power, since in the words of Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.  

But in order to reign in such lusts as greed and power, the people must be willing to live by a moral code.   Without an inner willingness to cooperate with laws that are not so much enforced as monitored, the people must WANT to behave.  But what or who defines proper behavior?  And if we are to be allowed the freedom to innovate, to pursue life liberty and happiness, how do we decide, in the final analysis, who decides what the moral code will be?  We must decide whether we are going to be ruled by laws or by men with power to BE the law.

So by what moral code do we live?

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  1. Hey Brother, I got ya linked on my site. I have felt guilt from living a Godless life my friend, But, praise Jesus we have been set free. Guilt is that awful feeling that hits us in the pit of the stomach when we know we have done wrong, and we’ll do almost anything to get rid of it. Adam and Eve, our first parents, established a human pattern that continues to this day. First comes the cover-up. Then we play the blame game as we try to justify or rationalize our actions. We think that the more we can blame someone else, the less guilty we will feel. This is a pattern I see as I minister to the least of these in prison as well as the addicted, I did not do it or the devil just won’t let me alone.
    Sometimes we try to escape from guilt through activities, alcohol, or drugs. Or we run to psychiatrists, but secular psychiatry has tried to solve the problem of guilt by saying there is no such thing as sin. Just ignore that guilty feeling, we’re told, because it has no basis in reality. We try, but somehow we just can’t pull it off. Why not?
    We try but can’t escape these feelings by ignoring them because God built into our nature’s knowledge of right and wrong, a moral code as you said Brother John. God’s Word speaks of the moral conscience, which exists even within those who are not aware of His laws.
    We read in Romans 2:14-15: “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.”
    Hebrews 9:14 provides an interesting insight about the result of our cleansing and forgiveness. God does this, the writer of Hebrews makes clear, “that we may serve the living God.”
    Guilt keeps us from serving God. Yet God can even use the sins we have committed to make us more effective in our work for Him. Only when we refuse God’s provision for forgiveness, for cleansing, and for a new beginning are we taken out of action by our past sins. That’s why it is important for us to remember:
    We have an enemy whose main purpose is to keep us from serving the Lord. In Scripture he is called the “accuser” of believers. If you continue to feel guilty for forgiven sins, you are hearing the voice of the enemy, not the Holy Spirit. Satan is a liar. Reject the fiery darts he shoots at your mind by holding up the shield of faith in the finished work of your Savior, and the devil will flee from you. I tell the guys in prison, when they put their trust in Christ and rely solely on Him the fiery darts satan throws just bounces of like bullets off of superman. (Maybe not a good allegory but, it works)
    Peace my Brother and many blessings,
    In His service
    Sandy

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