A Moral Compass
20 February 2019
2 Timothy 2:22 'Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.'
When a society becomes de-moralized –- when it loses its moral foundations -- it becomes demoralized. Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of Britain's Orthodox Jews, wrote in his book Politics of Hope: 'When individuals begin to lose their moral bearings, society feels the strain…The model of human interactions is not the market.' Civil society, he says, rests not on contracts but on covenants - it is based on a moral relationship. God's moral laws are values that work. Why does he say, 'you shall not steal'? Because honesty works! Why 'you shall not kill'? Because respect for life works. Why 'you shall not covet'? Because contentment with what you have really works. We don't seek to live by law – we are under grace. But God's moral absolutes keep us in a place where grace can be found and where God's promises can be fulfilled in our lives.
Prayer: 'Lord, help me to be a model for others of what it means to live within the cover, the protection of your moral absolutes. Help me to lead by example.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004