So on Tuesday I posted sort of an introduction to the topic of ethics. This will be my attempt to pass along to others a methodology for filtering all they see, hear and feel in this world and the way they respond to each of those stimuli.
The filter for determining ethical and moral behavior (responses) as we determined in the previous post will be the Bible. For me and my house, this is God’s word to us and thus the source of all truth. We must have a consistent standard by which we make our ethical and moral value judgments. Solomon said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” All through history, man has proven his inability to maintain a consistent moral standard. In his treatise on Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When a successful figure becomes especially prominent and conspicuous, the majority give way to the idolization of success. They become blind to right and wrong, truth and untruth, fair play and foul play. They have eyes only for the successful result. The moral and intellectual critical faculty is blunted.” I am repeatedly frustrated when the I hear the media quoting actors, politicians, financially successful business people as expert opinions on subjects they know nothing about. And because the media promotes it, millions of people (to Bonhoeffer’s point) blindly follow the shared ignorance.
The Bible is just what it says it is, “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) There is no book available that is closer to God Himself than this book. Since our purpose here on earth is “to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) following His principles is the best path to that walk. Through the writings of Paul, God said, that He wants us to let Him transform us into new people by changing the way we think. (Romans 12:2)
I have been blessed to travel in the company of men who have a wide variety of experiences in all manner of businesses and ministry work. I selectively lean on various ones of these men of wisdom as I work out my salvation in serving the God who is speaking to my heart. There are a lot of very smart and wise people in this world. However, all that wisdom must be balanced against a consistent source of truth (God’s word as given in the Bible) in order to avoid being tossed about by the seas and winds of popular opinion.
Enough for today.