A compass is designed to point us in a specific direction.
A moral compass applies the same concept by using a standard that points us in a specific direction regarding our behavior or conduct.
The standard by which our moral compass must be calibrated is God’s word. If God’s word provides the basis for our moral compass, then personal opinions have no place.
The battle front is everywhere: television, movies, marketing ads, internet, and every direction we turn.
It is challenging, no doubt, but the result will make a difference.
We talk about values. We understand the need for values. We even categorize our values: personal, family, moral, and work.
What are the “core” values of our life?
We face the necessity of recognizing that leadership must be based on these core values.
The determining factor for our core values must be God’s word. When it is, the people who surround us all benefit from our core values.
Our leadership will not grow beyond the level of the values we live by as a leader. Let us make sure our values measure up to the right standard.
Make sound and timely decisions.
We have talked about being decisive in the past. The principle is timeless. However, there are two key elements to this principle we need to develop.
The first is the idea of “sound” decisions. The soundness of a decision is subjective based on the moral compass of the individual. From a spiritual leadership perspective, the soundness of one’s decisions will be based on a Biblical compass. The word of God provides spiritual leaders with the foundation upon which all decisions are made.
The second involves the word “timely.” We have all heard, and perhaps experienced, the idea of “timing is everything.” With much prayer, spiritual leaders will seek to make decisions in keeping with God’s timing. Our impatient, or even impetuous, approach to decisions can create more difficulty in our leadership. Learning to wait for God’s timing to develop will help us greatly in making decisions.
When we make decisions that are both sound and timely, our leadership develops greater credibility. We should also remember that the ability to make sound and timely decisions more consistently comes with the gaining of wisdom.
Everyone seems to have a line, a specific line that influences what will or will not be done. The line may fall into areas involving the moral, ethical, and / or legal character of the individual.
Sadly, the line, far too often, is adjustable and once moved, an effort to rationalize the decision pursues, especially when there is a part of us that knows we made the wrong decision.
The task before us is one of great magnitude and one that requires an understanding of where the line is drawn. A few ideas might be helpful in establishing the needed direction.
1) Remember God has already established and provided the line for every one.
2) Consistency is critical to developing godly character.
3) Consider the long-term consequences for rationalizing contradictory decisions.
In the final analysis, the souls we influence are far too precious and valuable to risk immoral, unethical, or illegal activity that compromises our character.
We are entrusted with the greatest responsibility as spiritual leaders. Whatever it takes to demonstrate the kind of integrity that leaves an eternal influence is worth the effort.
The Cowardice of Postmodernism
The prevailing worldview of the day among those who lead our society is clearly secular humanism. They view man as the greatest result of billions of years of evolution and random chance and all knowledge is based in what man can reason in his own mind or observe scientifically. This is what leads to a breakdown of Western culture in areas like sexual immorality, belief in God, treatment of our fellow man, and other similar moral issues. However, not everyone buys into secular humanism completely. No, what the secular humanists need (and what they have developed) is an army of people defending them from questioning. These people are the postmodernists.
Postmodern thought is based in three key principles:
1.A commitment to relativism (all truth is relative to the individual)
2.An opposition to rationalism (we can’t know anything)
3.The promotion of culturally created realities (experience trumps fact)
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