Moral Compass

As a Christian I turn to the word of God as a reliable moral compass. As a human I tend, too often, to put that compass in my pocket and chart my own course. I fallaciously believe that reliance on my God given intelligence alone, will keep me moving in the right direction. The reality is that when I find that I must backtrack from a dead end course or worse yet, completely lost; it is because I have kept that compass of God’s word in my pocket too long. But, God’s word is reliable and always sufficient for my needs; so I know that no matter how lost I am, I can pull that compass out; and off I go, back on the right course.

bamatoonImagine the lives of people who choose never to use God’s moral compass. I don’t envy the danger and suffering that will befall them. And what of those who reject God and attempt life by their own moral code; those who create their moral compass? I can’t think of anything created by man that is perfect, nor even perfectly reliable. What kind of dangerous situations will an imperfect compass lead us into? And if the imperfect compass got us there in the first place, how will the same imperfect compass get us back on the right course? Won’t we be destined to follow one bad course after another, from one bad situation to another?

And what of those who follow leaders who navigate this world without the aid of God’s moral compass? Will we end up stuck not being able to proceed ahead, or to the left, or to the right, and not favoring back tracking to our last bad situation? What kind of no where to turn moral mess will we find ourselves in? Bad I’m sure.

Senator Obama claims to be a Christian, but I question his use of God’s moral compass. This article is from Newsmax, which I freely admit is conservative, but facts are facts and the quotes by this man who claims to be the hope of our nation are pretty damning.

Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.

He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact “persons.”

“Number one,” said Obama, explaining his reluctance to protect born infants, “whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a 9-month old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”

obama-baby I think he needs to dig around in his back pack, because he’s obviously grabbed the wrong compass. No where in God’s word do I find instructions to legalize mothers, nor any one else to kill children. So whose compass is Mr. Obama following?

I’m not sure of how I’ll react the first time I see someone with their child in an Obama onesie. I have a new found understanding of what it really means to be an Obama baby ’08.

In another situation he claims explicitly to be following God’s moral compass on the issue of same sex unions/gay marriage.

“I don’t think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state,” said Obama. “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.”

It is clear that we are instructed not to judge others and to accept all sinners just as we are sinners; but it is also abundantly clear that a marriage is a man and a woman. So has Mr. Obama grabbed the wrong compass again or is he misreading God’s directions? I suspect the answer is worse than either of those two choices. In fact it doesn’t get much worse than using God’s word to deceive others and further your own secular agenda.

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
(Romans 1:25-27 NIV)

I hardly think of that passage in Romans as obscure. Yes, unpopular amongst those who push to normalize this abnormal trait, but hardly obscure.

How are we to be guided by Mr. Obama’s “moral” compass? Do we allow unwanted children to be killed? And if they cling to life in spite of our attempts, do we deny helping them and simply let them die? What if the child is genetically disposed toward homosexuality? Will they be afforded a different set of rules and perhaps allowed to live? Are you ready to follow a national leader who readily uses his imperfect compass? Lot’s of questions.

In fact God’s word, our moral compass, makes short work of this mess.

  • Homosexual or heterosexual; we are all sinners one and the same, so everyone should be treated by the same set of rules and with the same decency and respect.
  • Make no attempts to purposely harm a child and every attempt to save them.

Remember that God’s word is reliable and always sufficient for our needs; so I know that no matter how lost we are, we can pull His compass out and it will lead us on the true course.

Originally posted March 9, 2008

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4 Comments.

  1. I invented and constructed my own moral compass…
    Problem was, there were too many moving parts that required lots of maintenance.
    It was easily affected by cathode ray emissions and radio waves too.
    Near salt water it corroded, at high elevation it would act real erratic.
    In large groups of people it would always point at the pretty ladies.
    Near any metal object it would simply sit and spin.
    All in all it was very unreliable. Invariably I got lost with it too many times.
    I wouldn’t reccomend reinventing the wheel or the moral compass.
    Seems like a very good one already exists…

  2. Nice piece Wally. Obama, like all pro-abortionists, failed to provide a viewpoint regarding when a child DOES become protected life. If he believes a nine-month-old is protected, but a two-minute-old isn’t, where is the line!?

    I posed the same question to a pro-abortionist during an open-air debate in Red Square at Western. I asked him, since he wasn’t able to tell me when a child is protected by the constitution, what was stopping me from defining him as an infant — which in old days sometimes referred to those under 21. No, he did not have an answer. The point was, he hadn’t thought it through. He didn’t care enough to think it through. But it helps a bit when people realize their own societal protections are threatened when they condone abortion.

  3. Great piece Wally, I agree with you 100% on the abortion front. Interesting little tidbit to know about Obama as well. I still can’t get over how Obama will supposedly unite America and work with Republicans when his stances are the most liberal in Congress today.

    I have a different prospective on the Gay marriage issue though. One thing I found odd when I got married 7 years ago was that in order for my pastor to legally marry us, we had to go to the court house and obtain a license. It is illegal for a member of the clergy to marry people without government approval. This seems wrong to me. I would argue that we as Republicans should not fight for more legislation to ensure that gay people can’t get married but should instead fight for less legislation and make it legal for marriages to occur without licenses. The whole idea of marriage licenses originated because some people didn’t like the idea of inter-racial marriages and felt requiring licenses was the way to block them. Let’s not fall into the same trap of thinking we can fight this issue with more legislation.

  4. Thanks to both of you. I don’t know if anything I write is worthy of being called a piece, but I’ll take compliments whenever they are offered.

    Whenever a liberal speaks about compassion, I can’t understand why no one else sees the abortion elephant lumbering about the room. And as Democrats continue to promote nanny state socialism in this nation, I can’t understand why no one looks at the state of children in the former Soviet Union or China and start running waving their arms and screaming No!

    I’ll agree that the whole marriage thing is a mess. I do believe that marriage is a vow between a man and a woman in the sight of God and family, not a legal contract. I’m good with that, because I know that I will ultimately answer to God for my conduct. The fact that the state is in the marriage business is what gives homosexuals an avenue to “legitimize” their behavior as normal. I don’t think that more legislation will necessarily solve this situation, so you may be right to err on the side of less legal intervention.

    Sad thing is that someday we may have to answer to God about why we happily let our brothers walk the wrong path instead of fighting to restore them to the right path.