Tommy: Where do you look to for moral guidance?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
August 22, 2018 - 7:54 am

I’ll admit it. I’m directionally challenged. I’ve never been afraid to ask for directions because I realize I don’t know where the hell I’m going. A man’s gotta know his limitations, right? 

It seems, though, today a lot of us don’t know from whom we should seek spiritual or moral directions.  The problems of child abuse, cover up and failure to act are well documented in the Catholic Church.  Evangelical Christians have looked the other way when it comes to some of President Trump’s behavior.  TV ministers live lavish lifestyles.  Islam is radicalized by some misguided Muslims who cause mayhem all over the world.  Actors and successful business people?  See the #MeToo movement.  Politicians?  Well you can cite your own partisan example here.  The Bible?  Which translation?  Old or New Testament?  I’ve seen people play “Bible poker” for hours, seeing the other’s Corinthian’s 20-23 and raising Leviticus 35-38.

I try to look inward to my personal moral compass.  I think, barring mental illness, we know in our own hearts right from wrong.  But is it that simple? I think if you follow the golden rule and treat others as you yourself would want be treated you’ll be off to a good start.  From there you can engage in random acts of kindness and help other people anonymously. 

I know some will disagree and insist that I’m violating one religious rule or the other, but I can’t imagine doing all of the above and being turned away at the pearly gates. Do we all fail?  Absolutely.  Does God expect perfection? I don’t think so. 

I think it all comes down to doing more good than you do harm. There’s an old song by Sly and the Family Stone entitled “Stand.”  There’s a great line that says “stand…you’ve been sitting so long there’s a permanent crease in your right from wrong.”  Come to think of it perhaps the first step is to stand up for what you think is right.

Perhaps the first step toward finding your way through the moral maze is to stand up for what you believe.



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