“The Importance of Values and Morals.” Sounds like a no-brainer of an article for us, a people of faith. They are the code we live by in a civil and just society. They are what we use to guide our interactions with others, with our friends and family, in our businesses and professional behavior. Our values and morals are a reflection of our spirituality; our character. They are what we hope to model for our children and the children around us, because children do watch us as they develop their own sense of right and wrong. Everyone knows their importance, don’t they?
Well, maybe not. One only has to watch Jerry Springer-type shows or the spate of “Reality TV Shows” to find evidence to the contrary. Every day in the news we hear about crooked politicians, greedy CEOs, insider trading, embezzling evangelists caught in “love triangles,” “good Christians” doing very bad things. On talk-radio, news shows, at our churches, all around us, we hear about the decline of values, morals, ethics, civility, manners and, of course, common decency. People talk nostalgically about the “good old days” when Americans lived according to a set of standards of which they could be proud.
So have we really become a nation without values and morals? I don’t think so. It’s just that everyone has their own ideas about which values and morals are the ones we should follow. The choices are as varied as our country is heterogeneous. One only has to look inside the different church denominations to see the diversity of concepts about moral behavior. That realization doesn’t stop each of us from believing that our particular values and morals form the “right” set– the set everyone else should accept as well…….
The land was BUILT upon Christian principles but now that our land is BUILT – we want to do our own thing and make up our own rules to live by –
Well to be honest – that is how the civil war occurred on American soil…… How about we grab what legislation is good for EVERYONE and throw away the rest!