A couple of months ago in a Northeast town an elderly man was hit and injured by a speeding car. As he lay in the middle of the road motorists and pedistrians went by him without offering any help. Later, after watching all of this play out on the video footage caught by a traffic camera, one flustered local official blamed the apparent apathy on our societal loss of a moral compass.
Since then the headlines have screamed out the sensational news of a group of teenage girls who made some type of pact to all get pregnant. More recently we heard about a school were another group of teens were swapping nude photos of each around on cell phones.
Have we lost our moral compass?
It would appear so.
Maybe we should be more shocked that these type of incidents are not happening with more frequency. After all God- the originator of the moral compass- has been pushed out of practically every part of public life including our schools.
God told us long ago- Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint. – Proverbs 29:18
For those of us who believe in this revelation the loss of our moral compass does present a crisis, but a crisis according to the way the Chinese define it contains equal parts danger and opportunity.
I like that viewpoint. We already see the danger, now how about seizing the opportunities?
Light shines brightest in darkness. Are we letting our light illuminate the way back to a moral center? Are we dashing out into the highways and the byways to assist those injured there? Are we becoming a beacon of grace in this graceless culture?
Our moral compass is not lost. Many have just lost their way to it. We should be urgent in our efforts to help them rediscover it.