Have we lost our moral compass? Am I the only one who thinks our society has fallen prey to:
- Placing other idols ahead of God?
- Thinking we know what is right, all the time?
- Diminishing the severity of sexual sins?
- Finding lying acceptable?
- Considering our own self-worth far superior to others?
Losing Our Moral Compass of the First Commandment
How often do we do what we want, and not what we ought to do? For example, how often do we place political party positions ahead of God’s position, because it is easier to side with our political party affiliations rather than with God? We fail to ask, “What would Jesus do?” For example, would Jesus let children be separated from their parents at the border? Is that something we would want done to our families? Or, do we think that we are better than those who wish to enter our country? When we place the political position ahead of Christian morality and charity, we condone sins against the First Commandment. We place false idols ahead of God and God’s will.
Losing Our Moral Compass of the Sixth Commandment
People are “hooking-up,” “shacking-up,’ and committing adultery, thinking they are in the right, because it makes them happy. Have we all forgotten that God deems sexual relations as reserved for spouses who receive the sacrament of marriage? Yet, we all know people who fornicate and commit adultery and we do, and say, nothing. Failing to perform the spiritual work of mercy in admonishing the sinner, we condone the sin against the Sixth Commandment.
Losing Our Moral Compass of the Eighth Commandment
We have a President who has been documented to have lied more than 8,000 times in 747 days. That’s 10+ times a day on average! As a society, why do we let him get away with lying to us? Where is our moral outrage? He has been labeled a pathological liar and deemed untrustworthy, yet he is still in office. When we become numb to excessive lies, we condone the sin against the Eighth Commandment.
Finding Our Moral Compass
We need to listen to the words of John the Baptist. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt 3:2) With contrite hearts, we need to reacquaint ourselves with the Ten Commandments (Ex 20: 1-17) and conduct an examination of conscience. Then seek the sacrament of Reconciliation. If we take these steps, we will once again find our moral compass.
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