Moral Standards – What Standards?

*Pastor’s Note: This is one of those messages that I did for our local newspaper and also for my first website back in the very early days after Y2K, (the year 2000). Because of the significance of the subject, I have updated it a bit with a picture and Scripture, but in essence it is still the same message from over TWENTY YEARS ago! All I can add is, what have we learned in all that time? Also please remember to never cease praying for the lost and more so as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.

My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life. – Proverbs 620-23  NLT.

The subject that caught my attention on the television was teenage violence. One of the women on the television talk show had a son who was shot to death. It’s an ugly, horrific topic which is tragically too real and getting worse as the years go by. Teenage boys and girls are carrying guns. However, it’s not JUST guns. Knives and other weapons are getting into the schools. Schools are using metal detectors and trying, often unsuccessfully to confiscate the weapons. Why is it happening and not just happening but getting worse?

Let’s consider the problem for a bit. We have determined that teaching absolute moral standards is no longer “politically correct” and infringes on people’s rights, even young people. After all, right and wrong are relative depending upon circumstances. We cannot teach standards of morality in our schools or in any of our public institutions. We CAN however teach alternate and “relative” lifestyles. The Ten Commandments are strictly out of bounds! Why? Because the Ten Commandments are plainly and most noticeably religious, and you cannot mix anything state sponsored with anything religious. Of course in application this only applies to Judaism and Christianity.

ten commandments

So, because of this we have not taught our children the precept, “You must not murder” as found in Exodus 20:13, at least within the confines of society. It doesn’t matter that obedience to this commandment saves lives and has for centuries now. It doesn’t matter to those in supposed leadership that the Ten Commandments are supremely practical. No matter that growing up under the standard of absolute commandments and right and wrong has long term beneficial effects.

What about another epidemic situation affecting teens as well, teenage pregnancy? But shame on you if you talk to teens about the commandment, “You must not commit adultery” found in exactly the next verse, Exodus 20:14. Shame on you if you preach this “religious” value! No, no, it is better to teach them about “protection” rather than abstinence! No matter that millions of families could have avoided untold turmoil, heartbreak and expense. No matter that obedience to this commandment is also supremely practical and healthy, and not just in the short term but in the long-run as well!

When you truly think about it, isn’t it absolutely amazing that seventy-some years of atheism was too much for the now defunct Soviet Union. Yet many of the former Soviet nations now want and even institute what we have openly and outright rejected, the Ten Commandments along with teaching moral standards of right and wrong!

*Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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3 Responses to Moral Standards – What Standards?

  1. says:

    This is spot on, Roland. Our world has fallen so far from God’s Word that I can’t even recognize it anymore. Not only has it been removed from schools, but is not being fostered in families, where this has always been the source of God’s teachings. I pray that we wake up soon.

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    • Another reason to always be praying. I so agree with you! Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s when different Pastors and Evangelists at the church I started with predicted and prophesied these things, I was way to young in the Lord to understand. Boy were they so right! I truly pray for the lost, but I also pray for the Lord’s quick return! Love you Sis and God Bless you and your hubby!

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