You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
I never thought I’d see the day when America’s moral compass would lose its orientation. But it’s happened. Our moral compass seems to have lost its “true north.” The needle spins crazily, looking for a direction that can lead our nation on a path of integrity and morality.
We have a serious problem in this country. It’s as if immorality is in the water we drink and the air we breathe. We’re no longer surprised by coaches, when millions of dollars hang in the balance, sometimes choose to postpone a player’s discipline when their player is caught in an immoral situation. I’m not picking on athletes; it also occurs openly among high government officials. Add to that issues of human trafficking and child pornography in this country and I wonder if America can sink any lower.
The necessity of morality is more critical in America than in any other society because we have more freedom. Yet as America leans more toward humanism, the standards for morals and ethics are up for grabs from the lawmakers. And unlike the American moral code, which is based on ever-changing laws, the Christian code of morals and ethics is found unchanging in the Bible. So it’s difficult to see how Christians could claim lack of clarity on moral issues.
I’m not saying America is a completely immoral, out-of-control society, but more and more we’re choosing to live with certain areas of immorality. We’ve allowed ourselves to go “this far”, which would have been thought unthinkable not so long ago. If we don’t draw a line in the sand and start closing the morality gap, the consequences are going to be impossible to imagine.
Did you ever imagine that we would live in a time like today? Every time you turn on the TV there are so many violations of God’s absolute moral code being committed openly and without shame and even legitimized by lawmakers. Do not be disheartened. Historically Christians have lived in a hostile world. This is just another example.
That’s why we, as Christians, are instructed to be as salt and light. To live in such a way that we respect God’s morality and in ways that demonstrate His nature to a wayward and searching world. What are you waiting for?