Who Should Set the Standards and Values?

Which is easier, to cut taxes, or to make people good? If it were me I would go for tax cuts every time, difficult though it may be to balance the books. It comes as a surprise therefore to find politicians talking of values and standards and the need for “a new social morality”. One leading politician has even said bluntly that: “we are growing immune to wrong doing.”

But how do you define wrong doing? Who should set the standards and values of everyday life? Is it just what the majority find to be acceptable? If so we’re on a slippery slope, because somebody, somewhere, will try to move the goal posts.

The Old Testament book of Judges describes the time when the Children of Israel, God’s chosen people, became immune to wrong doing and condemns it by saying that … . .. every man did that which was right in his own eyes, instead of obeying God.

I put it to you that the only absolute definition of right or wrong is in the Bible, the word of God. Take a look at Luke 10 vv 25-28. A questioner in search of eternal life gets a pat on the back from Jesus for these words: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind… and your neighbour as your self.

Not his own words of course, but words from God’s law in the Old Testament. This is the real answer for a society becoming immune to wrong doing. We must honour and praise God as our creator and sustainer and do unto others as we would be done by. If we all try to put this into practice the world will be a much better place.

But the Bible has more to offer than this. However hard we try, this present world is and will remain imperfect until Jesus returns to set up God’s everlasting Kingdom on Earth.