The Death of the Moral Compass

I remember a sermon that David Wilkerson preached about a day that was coming when people would not know the difference between right and wrong. The difference between right and wrong would become blurred, and the end result would be that the moral compass that divided them would no longer exist. I think we can say we now live in such a day. Isaiah described this condition well:

Isaiah 5:20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light, and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

The death of a moral compass has its effect on our entire country. We are seeing America being torn apart by the anger in the hearts of people. It is anger at injustice and of inequality, and it is an anger of a people who have grown up with no values based upon a moral foundation or compass. It becomes okay to take what does not belong to you because somehow there is no distinction between right and wrong. I can loot your store, take your things and it’s okay because it is repayment for the way I have been treated.

This was been the sentiment of many writers today talking about the unrest and the looting that has dominated the headlines in America. The Golden Rule of treating others in the same manner you want to be treated is old school and is no longer a standard of thought. Now we say, “I treat others in the same manner I have been treated.” Children who grow up without the nurture of a father or any parental care or provision, has complicated outcomes. When children don’t know God, don’t know His ways, or haven’t learned love and forgiveness in their formative years, their lives will reflect the hard reality of anger and resentment and will lack a moral compass to guide their life.

Evangelist Mario Murrillo gave a great analogy about the Marxist movement of the 1960s versus today’s Marxism. He said the Marxism of the 1960s had a conscience but the Marxism of today does not. There is no conscience guiding these groups, they are indifferent to everything but their agenda of changing America. No moral compass.

We have all heard how fatherlessness has a direct impact upon children. I am a product of a fatherless home and many of my issues as a person can be traced back to my fatherless childhood. Today, 25% of the children in America are growing up in this fatherless condition.

The Statistics of Fatherless Children:

· Suicide: 63 percent of youth suicides

· Runaways: 90 percent of all homeless and runaway youths

· Behavioral Disorders: 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders

· High School Dropouts: 71 percent of all high school dropouts

It’s easy to pin family problems all on one issue, but the reality of a missing male figure in a child’s life can be an overwhelming influence in how they view life. Fatherlessness is a moral issue, and unfortunately, we have taken a hands-off approach when it comes to single mothers and divorced families. Society tells us that the kids will be fine but that is not the truth. Yes, kids are resilient but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some kind of emotional damage that is done by the missing element of a father in a child’s life.

Judges 17:6 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

This verse was true then and is true today; “there is no moral compass, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”

Our moral compass is based upon God’s Word and the values it teaches. We are told repeatedly in Scripture that as we approach the end of the age we will see a turning away from that moral compass to a narcissism that will pervade the land.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. ~Karl Marx

So, for Karl Marx, faith was something that "the people" conjured up for themselves, a source of phony happiness to which they turned to help numb the pain of reality.

However, as much as people want to say religion is a crutch or an opiate, it does bring with it a moral compass. It helps people to understand that we do not live in this world alone, so we need to know how to live with and treat others in a manner that is respectful and honoring. To me, that is a major contribution to society. What we have going for us today is an example of the absence of that, and many are scratching their heads wondering what is wrong.

A moral compass is based on the teachings of religion, and when society deems it not an essential element to sustain, then we will have lawlessness in our streets.

Politician, beware how you dismiss the importance of religion and the moral compass, it may just come back to bite you. Lawlessness is a direct result of the death of a moral compass.

Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler

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