What is happening to the world we live in today? It is mind boggling as to what is going on globally, within respected corporations, religious institutions, organizations and the three branches of our government. The world is plagued by conflict, poverty, human suffering and injustices that violate the basic values of humanity. Are we witnessing the last hours of civilization? If we no longer allow morality and the sense of fundamental concern for humanity guide our decisions, then the kind of world we leave behind is facing a moral Armageddon.
Mark Foley, Florida Congressman was exposed as a child sex predator, Charles Carl Roberts, a truck driver armed with three guns, two knives and 600 rounds of ammunition stormed a school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, lined at least 11 girls against a blackboard and shot 10 girls “execution style,” before turning the gun on himself. Duane Morrison, the gunman from Bailey, Colorado killed a student at a high school, methodically selecting six girls as hostages, apparently favoring blondes---and sexually assaulting them. Three young children were found dead in East St. Louis hours after a woman was charged with killing the pregnant mother and her fetus in a gruesome attack which her womb was cut open. The list goes on.
The Bible tells us, “A corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.” So we dare not forget that beyond our outward politics, there is a backbone, there is a moral character that underlies the legacy that we leave our children. Without a sense of moral striving, we are, as individuals, condemned to formless lives. It is morality that provides an absolute point of reference with which to discern between right and wrong. From this morality springs a set of rules for living together. Without this foundation we can see only a daily basis, one merely living from whim to whim, moving neither toward nor away from anything. Therefore the great mediator of any community is human morality.
I know there are pedophiles, murderers, liars, and cheats out there who scoff at the phrase “moral absolutes.” They believe all things are relative. They reason that if there is no universally accepted system of morals, if one man’s sin is another’s virtue, then any kind of behavior is acceptable and nothing is wrong. And so they place themselves—their own wants and desires---at the center of the universe. I often fear that America is embracing this sort of decadence. With our notions of psychology and science, I worry that we have become so sophisticated that we disregard the simple concept of good and evil; that we disregard the notion of moral absolutes.