Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Left's Confusing Morality

Listening to those on the liberal left talk about morality is a little like trying to understand one of my grand kids. She has allot to say but because of her limited vocabulary it's hard to understand her constant ramblings.

Take for example the word moral. It is morally correct to release pictures of water boarding that will put CIA field agents and our military at a greater risk but it is morally unacceptable to bring up the murder of over a million children a year. Its morally unacceptable for Carrie Prejean, Miss California to exercise her right of free speech but perfectly fine for some on the left to be rude and use vulgarity as they attack her person and character. Its not a moral question when a well known media personality deliberately slants a story or even lies in presenting it but it is a moral outrage to question their ethics.

While some suggest that there is a double standard with the left, I believe it goes deeper than that. The word moral is defined as "pertaining to, or concerned with right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong." Other words that help us understand moral are "ethical, right, proper, virtuous, honorable, noble, estimable, meritorious, principled, just, fair, aboveboard; pure, honest, high-minded and saintly." The problem for many liberals is not just a difference of opinion in this area, it is the apparent lack of any moral foundation. They don't get the point because for them morality is not what is right or wrong, but rather what is relative to the individual and the situation.

If morality is being able to make the distinction between what is right and wrong, than it would seem vital to determine where we get our standard of right and wrong from. That standard did not originate with your grandmother, the founding fathers or even the Pilgrims. It didn't come from da Vinci, Michelangelo or Socrates. Where did our standard for ethics, morality, and virtue come from? It came from the book of Exodus when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The roots of every noble thought that man has ever had can be found in those ten basic laws. They are vital to the success of an individual or a nation. When they are done away with the lines of right and wrong become blurry and confusing. It all then depends on the individuals point of view.

When anyone rejects the foundation of morality they are also rejecting the author of that morality. The book of Romans in the New Testament reveals what happens when this takes place in chapter 1 verses 21-22 and verse 28. "Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify God Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools." "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind.

For far too many morality has become fluid rather than a solid foundation to build a life, family or a country upon. Until there is a return to the God of the Old and New Testament and His word we will continue to be a nation adrift in the sea of moral confusion.

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