The Importance Of Morality

W. Terry Varner
February 4, 2018

Morality has always been an issue with man. God gave the laws covering man’s morality and man challenges and attempts to stretch them without consequences.

Morality is true because morality matches reality. Moral statements correspond not only to moral law but to objective states of value (cf. Groothius 126). We explain the above statement with two comments: (1) To say that “adultery is wrong” is true because the statement corresponds to the objective and absolute moral law revealed by God (cf. Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14). (2) The act of adultery has the moral properly of wrongness (because it violates God’s moral law). On the other hand, the acts and attitudes of love in marriage have the moral value of being good since their origin is God.

Our Society. Who objects that our society is lacks morality? In fact one of the great problems facing the 21st century is the problem of the lack of observing moral and ethical codes. By ethical is meant the principles of moral conduct; i.e. how we determine right from wrong. That which is right is always right. That which is wrong is always wrong. Right ana wrong do not vary because they are absolutes.

A more serious problem in society than what politicians, philosophers, psychologists, etc., want to admit is the lack of the voice of God. A world society without God is a world society without moral direction. Why? Because each person is made in the image of God and is valuable, worthy of love, and respect. An age that disrespects God, its Creator, is certain to be wrong about man. Remove God from society and the end result is no Golden Rule. All that remains is the Iron Rule of egotism and survival—a dog-eat-dog philosophy of human behavior. C. S. Lewis was on target: “Moral collapse follows spiritual collapse (cf. Rom. 1:21-32).

We have lived through the rebellious 60s. In someway we have been able to survive the hedonism of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The 21st century has seen a strong emphasis on godlessness with the denial of any evidence that God is, that Jesus is the Son of God and lived among men, and that the Bible is God’s final written revelation to man.

We ask—is it a sheer coincidence that the home and family has suffered from the result of departure from God? The divorce rate continues to stagger our mind and society. Family abuse— wife, husband, and children—fill the pages of our daily papers and news. We are much like Israel Our society has replicated the society of Israel of old. Jeremiah reprimanded them: “Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush” (Jer. 6:15; 8:12). For the most, people fail to blush at sin and immorality.

God’s Morality Requires His People To Be Different. Man can never be neutral to God’s laws. Man can reject God’s laws whether they be His moral law, physical law, or spiritual law. One’s rejection or acceptance of God’s laws, because we are creatures of choice, always has consequences. The consequences' of accepting God’s spiritual law of the gospel results in producing “a new creature” (2 Cor. 5:7); i.e. a Christian. We are to “love not the world” (1 John 2:15-17) and to keep ourselves “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). The Christians in Corinth were instructed: “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1). The Christians to whom Peter wrote (cf. 1 Peter 1:1) were warned to “abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11-12). Let us be Christian in all we do.