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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Doing the right thing in America!

If someone asked you the definition of "doing the right thing", where would your reasoning come from? Take a look at the picture to the right. Notice how the permanent boundary marking is subject to a temporary twig which has fallen beside the road. Soon the twig will be gone leaving a permanent reminder of a temporary obstruction. Many choose to live their life in this manner, a life defined by present circumstances and guided by a relative moral compass. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind. Is there a better way?

I invite you into the minds of four great conservative thinkers as they peer behind this seemingly thin veil of ethical contradiction and observe the current state and direction of the United States of America.

Is the New Morality Destroying America? 

By Clare Boothe Luce, American playwright, legislator, and diplomat.

But what history does tell us is that when the majority of the people begin to abandon their version of the universal morality, their society sooner or later begins to collapse, and is eventually destroyed. Unfortunately in America today there are many individuals who have renounced traditional morality for what has come to be called "relative morality" or "situational ethics." ("It may be wrong in general, but my situation is different, so for me it's right.")

Who gets to make the rules?
By Cal Thomas, conservative American syndicated columnist. 
If God is not God and if man says God didn't say what He has said, then what standard is to be used to judge anything? It is more than a slippery slope. It is slippery theology with potential consequences that are eternal. Who gets to decide, God or man? If man, then man becomes God and God is diminished, at least in man's eyes.

Freedom Requires Morality
By Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association. 
But the truth is that all our fine talk about personal freedoms in the U.S. can be nullified by the freedom we take with the moral laws of God. … Our consciences have become blunted and dulled with an overdose of pseudosophistication and broad-mindedness. We have become so tolerant of sin and sinfulness that we have lost our capacity to protest and rebel against plain indecency and moral rottenness.

Ethics Codes Don't make People Ethical
By Michael Josephson, founder and president of Josephson Institute. 
"You see, there are two aspects to ethics: discernment (knowing right from wrong) and discipline (having the moral willpower to do what's right). A code can help define what's right and acceptable and provide a basis for improving sanctions on those who don't follow it. But unless it reinforces an established ethical culture, it won't do much to assure that people do what's right.

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