Moral Ethics - How Do We Make Our Decisions?
Moral ethics were at the heart of a 2001 national study conducted by Barna Research Group. That study revealed that only one out of four adults "lean primarily on religious principles and teaching or Bible content when making moral decisions." In addition, almost 50% of the surveyed adults said they base their moral decisions on "whatever will bring them the most pleasing or satisfying results." George Barna, who headed the research project, concluded, "Most people do not believe that there is any source of absolute moral truth…busy people, regardless of their faith affiliation, wing it when it comes to moral decisions."
Moral Ethics - Our Current State of Relativity
Moral ethics are now considered relative. Relative to culture, relative to circumstance, and relative to the specific needs of the individual. "It seems today in our world that right is wrong and wrong is right. The result is, the very foundation of our society and culture is crumbling beneath our feet. That is because we, as a nation, have lost our way. We are no longer built on a solid foundation of knowing the difference between right and wrong. That moral foundation in our country came from our faith in God and obedience to His Word." (Greg Laurie, Harvest Ministries)
Moral Ethics - Our Former Foundation
Moral ethics was a primary foundation of the United States of America. Although recent twisting of history declares that America was founded on a basic principle of "freedom from religion," historic reality is that America was founded on the right of religious expression known as "freedom of religion." A quick history lesson will reveal that there is no concept of "freedom FROM religion" in our Constitution, nor is there one implied. Our Founding Fathers quoted thousands of Bible scriptures, opened and closed sessions with prayer to God, and openly stated that they used the Ten Commandments in writing the laws of this great nation. Actually, they were standing on government lands while they read directly from the Bible, while they quoted scripture in speeches, and while they stood praying together.
If our country was founded on a principle of "freedom from religion", our Founding Fathers would not have practiced their religion so openly on government lands. There are more than 4,500 recorded public quotes by our Founding Fathers about the Bible, God, and yes, the importance of moral ethics based on Christian principles. All of these statements were delivered while government leaders stood on government properties.
There is absolute historic proof that the founders of this nation and the writers of the Constitution never believed in a "freedom from religion", nor a silencing of free speech concerning things of a religious nature while on government lands. This is a recent concept. A recent twisting of history that we believe corresponds with a broad decline in moral ethics.
Moral Ethics - What Is Our Authority?
Moral Ethics are a foundation of this great nation. However, morality is not relative - it is based on the absolute authority of biblical truth. As hard as it is for us to accept in this 21st century techno-culture, this country and its moral backbone were founded on Christian principles. "Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary." (Daniel Webster)
If you’re looking for a way to express your love of moral ethics and the foundational principles of our prosperous nation, please consider helping a needy child in a struggling part of the world. We recommend our friends at Compassion International, a truly effective Christian charity.