I am worried. I am really concerned about the future of our beautiful country. Daily, we are witnessing too many news reports of anger, violence, and it seems to me an increasing lack of moral and ethical behavior. When these weeds of destructive behavior invade a society it could be on it’s way to a bitter end.
Why can’t we learn from history about all the nations that fell as their moral compass lost direction. In the Bible, Israel went into a long period of decay as it’s leaders lost their way. In Proverbs 11:3 we read ” The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. ” The Roman empire that once ruled the western world is relegated to the pages of history as ethics vanished into an ancient wind. Even the birthplace of philosophy and ethics collapsed as the insidious virus of moral decay left only relics of a dead nation state in Greece.
You may ask what exactly is ethics. Clearly defined by the dictionary ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or conducting an activity. Potter Stewart more succinctly states ” Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. ” Without ethics there would not be a word named ” justice “. It is guaranteed however that we would see a further increase of hate, violence, crime, and decay from within, without ethics. Are we so blind that we cannot see what history has taught what happens when a nation starts sliding down the path of moral decay?
I am a health insurance broker who is very proud of the ethical responsibilities we as brokers must pursue in our craft in order to serve our clients. To renew our licenses we must take mandated courses on ethics. Maybe the time has come for our elected officials to take similar lessons on managing their responsibilities to all of us with truth and fairness and with no hidden agendas or motives.
Actually, the answer to this dilemma is found in Luke 6:31- ” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. ” That’s right, it’s the golden rule. It is the way to live with our fellow citizens in peace and it is the way to preserve and grow our society.
We need to get back to it. God bless America.