Have We Lost our Moral Compass?

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.

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11 Responses to Have We Lost our Moral Compass?

  1. Jim says:

    Sin has been a big problem since “the good ole days”.

  2. Karol Lee says:

    Hi Danny,

    I really like the thought of the “opportunity” that is available today. We are bombarded with so much negative and I believe that children are growing up with little or no moral compass. It is imperative that as Christians we offer light in this darkening world. It can be as simple as giving a child praise for a job well done. Letting them know that we believe they are capable of much good. We can enlighten them of this moral compass by getting to know them and finding a need where we can help.

    We know that the children are the future and if these teens are the example then we need to start with the teens and provide them with an alternate choice. Help them to gain back their moral compass.

    Thanks for you postings, we really miss all of you back in Florida.

  3. dannydodd says:

    Jim, you always are so succint! 🙂

    Thanks for the “so be it” Mike.

    And- great to hear from you Karol. We miss you guys too. I hope things are well in Mississippi. Thanks for your comments- good stuff! Don’t be a stranger to the blog. It is a good way to stay in-touch. BTW, tell Billy hello from me!

  4. Darin says:

    I think something broke around Genesis 3.

    Things are not good and hedonism is clearly on the rise but I think prayer was removed in the 60’s and if I’m not mistaken people were getting lynched before that date.

    So I agree things aren’t good but if we believe that restoring life to a certain point in time will fix that or that certain social standards like prayer in school safe guarded that I fear we will try to fix all of the wrong things.

    In the end I agree that we must be a light in an ever darker world and no public policy can keep us from it.

  5. Jim says:

    yes, Genesis 3 was “the good ole days” Since then, humans have been a brutal crew.
    But, before we condemn our current era and count it as obvious signs of the coming rapture…………oh sorry, wrong blog, eh!
    *Don’t forget the 25 million men, women and children who die during the great war (WWII) or the generation of men and women who held this country together.
    *Don’t forget that during the “good old days” of the depression, people were hungry and church attendance “dropped”.
    *Don’t forget that Americans split this country and fought and killed millions of one another over slavery….split the Lord’s church at the same time and that today the most segregated institution in America is the church.
    *Don’t forget the millions of Jews who died in gas chambers and ovens. Also, the thousands who became Methodists and Episcopalians so they would not be discriminated against in the south (the groups that accepted them)
    *Don’t forget that the average age at death in the Wild, Wild West was 29.
    *Don’t forget that the inquisition, the plague and the Roman persecution killed up to 25% of mankind alive at their times.
    THE DIFFERENCE TODAY? yes, a lack of moral compass. And, no significant consequences. But, I’ll still count my blessings daily to live as a free believer in the US

  6. Matthew says:

    Great post, in fact I just finished reading a book about preaching on the moral issues. I did a review of it on my blog.

    http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org

  7. I appreciate what Jim has said. The ‘good ole’ days are a myth. Have we ever had a true moral compass as a society? The people of God are to be where true morality is demonstrated and lived out.

    Blessings Danny.

    Bobby V

  8. Excellent article. Beyond opining for the Good Ole Days or bemoaning the crassness of modern American culture it is incumbent on decent creative people to originate positive alternatives. That is what I am doing with my website and my novels, creating alternatives. Additionally, I am constantly encouraging others to respond in kind. Make your own media, use your own stories, take back the culture standards from a handful of media conglomerates. Americans can do almost anything if we set our minds to it.

  9. Darren says:

    Danny,
    The first story is an awful like like a story Jesus told 2 thousand years ago (the Good Samaritan). This tells me there is nothing “new under the sun.” No doubt it was wrong not to help this man on the street.

  10. Good work buddy, continue the good work.

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