The real question is not if America has a moral compass but what happened to it? No, I do not think slavery is, was, or will ever be moral. No, I do not think genocide is, was, or ever will be moral. Likewise, I do not think that practicing abominable practices are moral, right, or acceptable. I do not believe that abandoning God and our moral moorings regarding the family, lasciviousness, greed, envy, hate, and love are acceptable. I believe God placed within each heart a compass to help us navigate the troubled waters of life. That moral compass, more than any law, stems from evil and evil activities.
However, it is apropos to insert the oft-cited quote of James Madison, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and the next place, oblige it to control itself.” Men are not angels therefore, laws are required, and it is mandatory that society polices itself.
Someone asked, “It is possible for a modern liberal to have a moral compass?” Before you automatically say, NO I ask that you pause and realize that anything is possible. The legitimate and complete answer is YES and NO, depending on the person, situation, and definition of ‘moral’. Like Bill Clinton, “It depends on what your definition of is, is.”
If a person believes that there is a moral standard based upon something other than man’s own creations and concoctions, the answer is YES, it is possible. Any moral system that believes in something greater than one’s self opens the door for a moral compass to exist and be exhibited.
All moral systems are not equal, and some are infinitely better than others, in my view. All roads do not lead to Rome or Heaven. I am a Christian and believe that the Bible’s guide for faith and practice is the best of all moral systems. I believe that tolerance is good and a worthy pursuit so long as it does not require me to abandon my faith and Bible-based convictions. At that point, I shun it and although I defend their right to believe what they believe, I will have no part of it and will stand against it.
Many liberals today do not seem to have a moral compass and are by nature evolutionary in their thinking and standards. They do not believe in absolutes morally and inflexible truth. They appear to have adopted the belief that humans, over time, and perfect themselves through their own efforts. Their moral compass appears to be any compass that points toward the latest ideological perception of improvement.
When I was in my 30’s and 40’s I thought that most liberals believed in women’s rights. My view of their position shifted when I witnessed their gravitation toward pandering to the transgenders movement and Islam. My view has significantly changed now that liberals, almost unanimously, defend men who identify as women being allowed to participate in women’s sports. They call that tolerance and demand that we all abandon our views and bow at the shrine of liberal thought. Sorry, but the thing inside my cranium is called a brain for a reason and with it, I can think. Thinking allows me to see the fallacy of their argument and demands that I resist.
The liberal ideology that has become toxic over the past few decades has embraced political correctness to the degree that any disagreement is branded with a salacious expletive.
Islam has a doctrine in their holy book called ‘taqiyya’. According to sharia, in certain situations, they are allowed and even directed to engage in deception. They are allowed to lie and pretend to be followers of legitimate local law but secretly continue to work for the advancement of their ideology. The liberals, at least in Washington, seem to be of the same mind. It often appears that they have an unwritten agreement that allows them, under the protection of their Party, to lie to the American people in order to advance their cause and agenda. Is that moral? Not in my view, but then I believe the Bible’s edict to be truthful.
The atheist biologist Richard Dawkins concocted the novel theory, which he called the evolutionary benefits of homosexuality. He argued that the benefits had to exist because homosexuality existed. He called that scientific proof. No that is opinion, not science. The liberal appears to root their values on whatever is deemed fashionably righteous in modern society.
Have we forgotten that in the early portion of the 20th century the liberals embraced eugenics and forced sterilization? Today they have evolved into proponents of androgyny and political censorship. What’s the next morally acceptable thing for them? Could it be pedophilia or concentration camps with forced indoctrination of the non-liberal? They have abandoned the Bible as a basis for morality and reinterpreted the Bible to embrace whatever trend they deem approved and acceptable. Preachers have been seduced and coerced into abandoning the Bible in a quest for acceptance. What has happened to America’s moral compass?
I believe in absolutes, especially when it comes to moral values. I believe the Bible and that is my basis for my core convictions in all matters. I do not embrace moral relativity or situational ethics. I do believe that all men are created equal in the sense that we can all have God’s forgiveness and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All of us are not equal in gifts, talents, abilities, or even intelligence. We are equal in the sense that we are created in God’s image and have the capacity to receive His grace and goodness. Orwell said in Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
Modern liberal thought seems to be that morality is whatever is presented and promoted by their ideological guides. They appear to hold the view that all humans have moral sentiment and that defines a ‘moral compass.’ To them, it is a compass because it points to whatever nearby liberal magnet idea is presented. They fail to realize that the magnet is detrimental to civil society and anathema to the teachings of biblical moral purity. To them, a compass is a compass even if it does not produce the betterment of people or alleviate suffering or produce unity and civility. Their compass or basic ideological position seems to be, “My way or the highway” and “The End Justifies the Means.”
I continue to pray for America, my beloved nation, to regain her moral compass as a people and as individuals. I pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness for our drift and shift from our founding principles and His biblical directives. You can agree or disagree with my assessment, but it is mine and I stand by it.
God bless you and God bless America!