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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

The Moral High Ground

Today, everything seems to be fluid and shifting with each new cultural paradigm. It is no different with morality. What makes this statement particularly ironic is morality is constant and unchanging. Because of this fact, true morality is no longer unacceptable.

Why? The answer can be found in the ever-changing viewpoints being communicated on every issue we face. In fact, we see people from a variety of perspectives positioning themselves as if they have and determine “the moral high ground”.

If morality is unchanging then, how is this possible? As I couch my words as to not offend the sensibilities of so many, I will simply answer, it is not.

You see, “the moral high ground” does not belong to a person or a group. “The moral high ground” belongs to God. Therefore, the idea of morality cannot be shifted or moved to fit the needs of people or groups regardless of how righteous they may believe their cause is.

The willingness to make statements such as this today is what causes people to be canceled. Yet, the statement must be made. So, let me be clear. It is God, not man who determines what is and is not moral. It has always been this way and it will always be this way. Being unwilling to accept this reality is why we are facing the moral dilemma we find ourselves in today.

The dilemma we face is, if not God, who decides what is moral and what it is not? Which group of people, which organization, church, or government? On a personal level, we must ask where we go for our moral guidance and what do we base our moral compass on if, we have one at all?

These questions should not create anger or animosity. Instead, they should create and promote thought and contemplation.

The idea man created morality should give even the most ardent believers in relative morality reason to pause and admit the flaw in this thinking. If it does not, I submit they are simply denying the truth and ignoring the fact people and issues of culture are too fickle to set “the moral high ground”.

I truly believe what makes this so difficult to accept is each individual person wants their own version of morality. Each of us would love to believe we are living a moral life, simply because it is the life we have chosen to live. Unfortunately, this too is immoral.

Where humanity goes from here is uncertain and precarious, as the moral fabric of our world is stretched and molded to fit the needs of those who see themselves as its arbiters.

In the end, as with everything in life, this too is “a chasing after the wind”. Because the same one who created those who have chosen to pervert morality, is the one who has set “the moral high ground”.

Fortunately for all of us, you and I do not own this high ground, because as I stated, “The moral high ground” belongs to God.

If we cannot accept this, then we must accept and acknowledge there can be no “moral high ground” at all!

Hebrews 8:10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

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