What forms your moral compass? Does it depend on the ever-changing culture wherever you live? What candidate do you vote for? Do you vote? Where do you stand on the question of creation? How do you respond to people who hold opposing views? So many issues to navigate!
As I spend more time studying the Bible, I am more certain of its everlasting relevance and sovereign authority in this area because I believe – I know – it is inspired by the One who created us. God doesn’t ask us to blindly believe, he raised witnesses and continues to reveal evidence of this truth to anyone who seeks it with an open heart.
I have been spending some time in the Old Testament which, though written hundreds of years before his birth, so clearly foretold of Jesus, my Lord and Savior:
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. Isaiah 7:14-16
Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. Psalm 22:16-18
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The book of Genesis explains where so many traditions practiced in every culture come from, like the 7-day week punctuated with a day of rest (2:2), the idea of work (2:15), wearing clothes, even in the sweltering heat (3:7,21), and worship (4:3).
The more I seek, the more I find reason to align my moral compass with our God.
If you don’t know His character, the thought of a Sovereign God can be frightening. And believing it’s true means change, and most of us are resistant to that. When Jesus performed a miracle in Luke 8:26-39, healing a demon-possessed man, verse 37 says, “then all the people of the region of Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear.”
Fear of God and what following Jesus, the Son he sent, would mean kept me at a distance for too many years. But as I get to know Him through the pages of the Bible I find a trustworthy God who abounds in love and compassion and knows better than me what is best. I shouldn’t be surprised, He loved me so much that he sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for my sin, freeing me from fear and condemnation. There is freedom in a relationship with Him.
So, if I believe, how does my life reflect my faith? For me it has been and likely will continue to be a process… a very slow one at times. Old habits die hard – I’m not who I used to be, but I’m still a work in progress. The more I get to know Him, the easier it is to trust that His unchanging nature will always be, the right choice for me, my moral compass.