THE MORAL COMPASS

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

The moral compass of any nation needs to be zeroed in on the Word of God.  There are many once godly nations that have allowed immorality to invade their land without restraint.  A small percentage of the population is having rule over the larger majority because the ungodly have infiltrated positions of dominance and power.

The term moral is in reference to the manner of living in regards to right and wrong.  God's Word readily identifies that one is to keep within the moral compass of virtuous living:  Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).  (Comment)

THE MORAL COMPASS
MOLD OF PRESENT DAY THINKING

The body that had been an instrument of sin; bearing the moral compass of the unsaved, is upon conversion to be presented to God, as a channel through which the righteousness of God is manifested.

The believer in Christ is to resist being poured into the mold of present day thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world.  He evaluates every decision on the basis of God's Word; not what the world system would like one to believe.

BREEDING GROUND OF
IMMORALITY

Sometimes the breeding ground of immorality is allowed to take root in unexpected places.  Scripture reveals that in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor (2 Timothy 2:20).

God is not in the dark concerning those whose moral compass has deviated from the truth of His Word.  Scripture reveals:  The Lord knows them that are his.  And let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19).

INFLUENCES TO OFFSET ONCE
HELD CONVICTIONS

An encyclopedia noted the defection of a compass needle due to local magnetic influences.  Those influences will offset a true reading that is necessary for navigational purposes.  The moral compass of once godly nations have allowed ungodly influences to offset previous held moral values. 

There is a rising trend towards acceptance of immorality that is being openly promoted.  This trend is also being an influence towards the youth of the land being bombarded by ungodly and immoral behavior; without the benefit of God's Word being taught as a deterrent.

A CORRECTIVE MECHANISM

There is a corrective mechanism for any errors in the magnetic compass called a gyroscope.  It resists efforts to realign in any other direction.  If it begins to wobble, a weight brings it back into line.

In the Biblical sense this is as the Word of God; when properly promulgated, and allowed to take root in the hearts and lives of the people.  However, we are seeing a generation that is being introduced to a permissive gospel that allows one to set their own moral compass.

PREACHING WILL BEAR ITS
LEGITIMATE FRUITS

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated:  Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

THE GREATNESS OF A NATION

The ungodliness in the land must not be allowed to continue its growth; for once godly nations flourished, with the blessings of God, when their moral compass was of a godly nature.

The greatness of a nation is not based on earthly gains but that of a heavenly nature.  It is devastating to see acceptance of ungodliness openly flaunted before all.  The once godly guidelines (the Word of God) that keeps a nation afloat are being recklessly cast aside; with the moral compass that is no longer true to God's Word.

LAST DAYS
PERILOUS TIMES

Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come.  It gives some characteristics of that time:  Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (Timothy 3:1-5).

A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life.  Many churches are indulging in the concept of worldliness rather than godliness.  They are taking on the filth of the world rather than rejecting it. 

They are being polluted; walking away from God's Unadulterated Word, embracing just enough to make them feel comfortable with their own moral compass to identify with.  Scripture reveals that such is not treated lightly by God in saying:  The time is coming that judgment must begin at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17).

BELIEVERS MORAL COMPASS

If the believer's moral compass is true to God's Word; has not been disturbed, or misaligned by worldly influences, their essential mission of being a light to the world will be manifested (Matthew 5:14-16).

There is a greater need than ever before for that light to clearly shine forth; in the midst of the darkness, that has evaded many once godly nations.  There is a human depravity that is ignoring all sense of decency; with a lack of regard, towards humanity and life itself.

A Bible commentary noted:  Darkness is the absence of light; and darkness alone cannot dispel the light, but the smallest light can dispel the greatest darkness.  The believer in Christ is to allow their light to shine forth; that their own moral compass be not swayed by worldly influences.

MORAL COMPASS OF YESTERYEAR

A Bible commentary noted:  A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God, who saved him.  He should apply the biblical principles of separation and avoid what is against a biblical standard of purity, offensive to the conscience, or failure to follow the example of Christ.

When a believer applies such a concept to the moral compass of their life (the Word of God) they will truly shine forth as a light to the world.  The moral compass of yesteryear (that of the unsaved) will have been cast aside with its irregularities, with one based on God's Word.

VOICES OF THE PAST

Many voices of the past have made utterances as to the moral compass that is necessary to maintain the status of a godly nation; but those voices now seem to be distant.  In the end; if repentance and a true bearing according to God's Word is not sought, it will eventually bring devastation to any nation.

2 Chronicles 7:14 needs to come into the limelight:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.  In the process of doing so, the moral compass will not longer be easily disturbed, will be able to resist efforts to realign it with the ways of the world, through the Word of God bringing it back into line once again.

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