When one has a reoccurring problem, there is a reason the problem continues to reoccur. Too often we treat the symptoms, without getting to the root of the problem. You can cut a weed to the ground, but if the root is not plucked-up the weed will continue to persist.
As I look at society today we are being overtaken by a lot of weeds such as callous lawlessness, disrespect for authority, irresponsibility, moral confusion as to what constitutes a male or female believing gender is fluid, the collapse of traditional marriage, loss for the sanctity of life in the continued slaughter of the unborn through abortion, the flippant and non-remorseful attitude many have in regard to taking another life through violence, the continue push to legalize euthanasia, and the push for genetic engineering that seeks to rid society of those who are perceived to be non-productive to the state and a burden to society….and the list goes on. What was once considered wrong is now right, and what was once considered right is now wrong. We continue to see society spiraling downward further and further into a cesspool of moral and spiritual confusion as to what is right and wrong.
What is the root cause of the problem? It seems the moral compass of humanity is not just broken, it has been smashed. We have exchanged the Judeo-Christian Ethic on which this nation was founded, for moral relativism. By slowly casting aside the moral standards found within the Judeo-Christian Ethic, we have decided we will build a morality derived from surveys, referendums, public opinion, rogue judges, and the shifting sands of our perception of what we believe the standards should be. Since we have become a society that seems to no longer anchor morality in the principles found within the Judeo-Christian Ethic, then the end result is that there is in actuality no standard of morality to which we can appeal, it is that which is right in one’s own eyes. When one adopts a philosophy of moral relativism, the result is that what is right today is wrong tomorrow and what is wrong today is right tomorrow. Moral relativism always views morality in a flux.
Humanity is faced with a choice: (1) that man is his own god, therefore, he can according to his own whims determine what is right or wrong, the end result being utter societal chaos; or (2) there is a God who created us who has established some basic moral principles that are best for living an orderly life and having an orderly society. It seems the day in which we live man has chosen the former path. Such a choice has plunged society into utter chaos. The collective conscience of society today has been influenced to believe you can have morality without religion….and yet history has proven over and over again this is not possible.
Many years ago my father was laying a row of bricks. He asked me if they were straight. Eyeballing them, I said, “It looks straight to me.” Then my father laid a level on the bricks and the level revealed it was not perfectly straight. The level became the standard by which he straightened the row of bricks. We as a nation have abandoned our moral level, the Judeo-Christian Ethic, and are now just eye-balling it as we go along. Our moral “eyeballing” has carried us to the very edge of the precipice of societal collapse.
Our second president and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, was correct when he said, “Human passions unbridled by morality and religion…would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Our fourth president and also a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Madison, stated, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Our Founding Fathers were wise to acknowledge God as the source of our rights, and were prudent to weave the Judeo-Christian morality into our founding documents and laws, and into our values and culture to help prevent society from becoming chaotic and one where anarchy prevails. While not all the Founding Fathers were traditional Christians, they were believers in the moral principles found within the Bible’s pages, and they put those principles into our nation’s founding documents, laws, and into the culture.
Today we think we are wiser than our Founding Fathers and those who have gone before us, so we cast aside the “level” they used to keep anarchy from occurring and have replaced it with our own misconstrued morality concocted from our own warped moral compass. And we are certainly finding out what happens when a society replaces the Judeo-Christian Ethic with moral relativism, it leads to a toxic culture of chaos, confusion, and death.
If we continue on the wayward course we are on, our own demise is inevitable. To continue to remove the Judeo-Christian Ethic from American’s collective conscience and the values espoused therein is to completely undo what our Founding Fathers fought and died for and what has held this nation in good stead for over two centuries. We can continue to treat the symptoms of the chaos we are now witnessing in society, but until there is an acknowledgement that moral relativism is a failure, and there is a return to the values of the Judeo-Christian Ethic we will continue to sink deeper and deeper into the quicksand of moral morass of which eventually there will be no return.