In the feature on Discipleship, under the category of Change Your Mind, we have been considering some very basic ideas related to moral agency. This is information about how God has designed us to function on a moral level. It is apparent to me that there is not a lot of interest in such topics in pop culture. It is also obvious that our culture suffers from failure to understand and apply these foundational truths. People are governed (in an ungoverned way) by everything but moral truth. For the most part, people are blinded by some sort of self-centered agenda that has very little or nothing to do with reason or morality. Sadly, we have become a culture that has either denied the existence of (or at least basis of) morality or use a superficial form of morality to advance the agenda of a special interest group. This is most common with the topic of justice, used as a cover to advance political and economic agenda. As well, confusion over “love” and tolerance demands that we accept unacceptable behavior or be targeted as hate-mongers. It somehow escapes the notice of many (most?) that this twisted treatment of justice and concept of “love” ends up defending and furthering immorality — and often in the name of Christianity (or at least religion).
It has always been the case that people have sought after something other than moral purity. However, when a culture no longer acknowledges or understands moral issues and moral purity, it is on a slippery slope. There are Biblical statements that indicate people can eventually call good evil and evil good. Consider the words of the prophet Isaiah as he declared, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
By abandoning these basic moral truths about our design, we soon arrive at the place where we simply function like unreasoning beasts, controlled by our impulses and urges. We will become a nation of people who either use our God-given intellectual powers to advance our godless agenda or abandon our God-given intellectual powers to riot, loot and satisfy our loins.
I can only appeal to the Christian community to rise to the calling with which you have been called (Ep.4:1). Recognize that you were created in the image of God (Ge.1:26), are to be imitators of God (Ep.5:1) and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, putting on the new self which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (Ep.4:23-24). Prepare your minds for action (1 Pe.1:13).