Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. (Franz Kafka)
Today, most “advanced societies” accept almost everything and anything. So much so, that I wonder if we can find our way back from what has been accepted to what is actually right.
Through decades of open-minded acceptance, what is right (as defined by the Lord) has been largely lost. As a result, we are experiencing the consequences of living by mere acceptable boundaries. The insistence of “My truth” in favor of absolute truth has left us in a moral free fall. Doubt me – just check today’s news headlines.
Let’s take one common day example. In 2017, roughly 40% of American children were born out of wedlock; in some segments, it is as high as 71%. If you’re curious, that has increased from ~7% in 1960. Why is that? What changed? While there may be other reasons, in large part, those numbers exist because as a culture we’ve accepted sex outside of marriage. We’ve accepted cohabitation over marriage. We’ve accepted homes and families without fathers.
Perhaps what has changed is our collective insistence to place our ways above God’s, and redefining right and wrong to fit our preferred acts of darkness. There’s really no denying that after decades of mocking God and His ways, we’re reaping what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7).
You and I may not be able to reverse the tide of an entire culture, but we can reverse the tide within our own lives. Have you allowed your standards to fall to what is now acceptable versus what God has called right? Give it some thought.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness… (Isaiah 5:20)
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