Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rejecting the Source

To most Americans, the bad economic policies of late and the lack of jobs is the most worrisome aspect of their lives. This is understandable, as to be out of work can be catastrophic as well as to have your retirement funds dry up. To other people, social issues such as abortion, contraception and the homosexual agenda are the top of their 'worry' lists, yet to focus on anyone of these issues as the cause of societal and economic upheaval is to me, a misplaced focus.

These issues are symptoms of a much larger problem, a problem many refuse to see, acknowledge or even accept, let alone change. The problem is the lack of morality in our society coming with the advent of "moral relativism". It is in the rejection of the source of our morality: God. Morality is not simply a way of living our lives according to our current society's acceptance of what is right or wrong, or what we accept as good for all as a whole. Morality is the living of our lives in the image of God.

Morals were not just given to us to live by as dictates from God. They are part of God's being. God is all good not because he does good things, but because goodness is an integral part of his being such as love: God IS love. God is creator, spirit, omnipotent and a host of other attributes. They emanate from Him, not because of what he does, but because they are part and parcel of his make up; His being. Morals, the concept of right and wrong, cannot change... simply because they are part of God and God does not change.

Society's willful rejection of God cannot but bring chaos in our lives. Once society begins to make morality subjective to individuals(what each one of us thinks is right and wrong) rather than objective( coming from God, and therefore cannot change), there is an inevitable breakdown of society such as we see today. This is not a problem that has occurred overnight. Lack of morality has always existed in the past, however, it was never accepted as a good and right way to live one's life. For instance, though homosexuality flourished in ancient Rome and Greece, it was never considered moral nor was it ever sanctioned by the state. Today all this has changed where immoral homosexual behavior is considered a right of the individual by law. Though the killing of infants and the unborn occurred in ancient times, again it was never considered a 'good' thing by society as a whole. Today, the state has made the right to kill the unborn a right protected under the law.

Today, our societies have justified and have accepted immorality as a right of the individual under the protection of the law. Immoral behavior is now a right officially legislated by the state. That's the big difference between immorality of the past and present. We now accept immorality as an inalienable 'right', as if it was given to us by God.

Those of us that are appalled at what we see happening in society have to remember something. The immorality that is happening today and that is fully protected by law is the fruit that is born of what is in our hearts. In order to change society, hearts have to change and that cannot happen without God. Sure, as Americans we can vote people into office that we feel will bring about a moral change, but if we are not a moral people, our vote will reflect the same and nothing will change. The greatest challenge we face as the faithful of God,  is not in changing society, but in changing  hearts. We can enact laws to protect the unborn or to eliminate other ills of society all we want, but without a change of heart back to divine morality, then all is for naught.

What we now have in our society is what we deserve for allowing evil to persist undaunted. How many of us have sat back and reeled at this societal breakdown, yet have not asked God to change the hearts of our leaders and the people they represent? How many times have pro-life groups petitioned the court, yet have not petitioned God to change hearts?

Falling on our knees in prayer and asking God to renew our hearts is the only thing that will bring about a good and holy society that rejects abortion, homosexuality et cetera for what it is; evil. Man-made laws will not do that. Just laws need to reflect God and his justice. Are we sickened enough by what we see, and have we had enough of playing God? Are we done rejecting the source of all goodness? We shall see...we shall see.

The Ordinary Catholic

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