Who would deny that morality is changing faster than we ever expected? Mega-shifts are appearing in the cultural landscape where the fault lines of opposing ethical systems ultimately create moral upheavals and earthquakes. Here at Covenant we want not only to identify these ethical fault lines, but help Christians navigate the erupting landscape on their journey to the celestial city!
If I were beginning this series of messages in the early 70s I would have called it “Our Moral Compass.” But the GPS has practically replaced the compass in our society, and that is not something to be lamented. Just remember that if you are hiking through the forest the GPS may not do you any good when your batteries run out!
I like the analogy of the GPS for the moral life because the GPS not only tells you your orientation, it gives your position and direction. And the direction comes from above – from the satellites placed in the heavens. So it is with our moral GPS. It comes from divine revelation. This, of course, is the reason for the moral tectonic plates which come into conflict and cause earthquakes. Christian ethics is fundamentally in opposition to natural, human, ethical systems. This is not to say that righteous ethics are nonexistent among non-Christians. There is a long history of common grace in man’s ethics so that we find good in this world of sin.
How will we approach such a vast subject? There is so much territory to cover on the GPS. We will start with 1 Corinthians 15:33 (Feb. 23), a text which, seems to me, to be a great introductory text: “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals.” It contains four of the major elements of our study. It identifies “ethics” (translated ‘morals’ in most English Bibles) by the Greek word sounding the same. It speaks of good and bad which are the two main categories of the world of ethical issues. It deals with the reality of corruption or decay in morality and ethics which we see more patently in the society today of course. And finally, since Paul is quoting a saying common in his day from the Greek writer Menander in his work Thais, it shows that even men of the world have an ethical awareness and consciousness.
Come and join us for our Sunday morning studies on Christian ethics for a moral GPS to guide you. And pray that God will bless His people to strengthen and equip them to navigate the moral morass that is out there today so that we can travel on the highway of holiness. You can hear these sermons on our Sermon Audio link as well.