Moral Character

I borrowed the first part of this post from a friend on FaceBook. Linda is actually a friend from our church in Aurora, CO. She posted a writing from one of my favorite authors, Chuck Colson.

Moral Character

by Charles R. Swindoll

A good name is to be
more desired than great wealth,
favor is better than silver and gold.
Proverbs 22:1

Unfortunately, we have grown accustomed to shrugging off lapses in moral character, manifested in secretive and deceptive lifestyles.

We are frequently told that trying to find people who value honesty and model responsibility, who promote fairness, accountability, loyalty, respect for others, and who hold to strong, upright convictions is not at all realistic.

“Such people don’t exist . . . we need to stop requiring personal purity,” we are told. Or, as one air-headed soul said during one recent presidential campaign, “We’re voting for president, not pope.”

To such an analogy, I reply “Nonsense!” That kind of logic (or rather, lack of logic) gives me the jitters.
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My response:

I read a story yesterday that someone posted about employees at Chik-Fil-A going above and beyond to serve an elderly couple who came into their restaurant. My response was “I’m just dumb enough or old enough (or both) to believe that all of America should be like that.” Not only have we lost character in our society, but we’ve lost community, or a sense of community as well. We’ve bought into an even bigger lie that tells us “We don’t have time” or “They aren’t worth helping” or something like that. I ask you, I ask everyone, what has happened to America? People used to care, people used to go out of their way to help others. Gone are the days of the corner drug store where people would be waiting at the entrance to help you, the mom and pop hardware store where service was everything! Not to mention the gas station where you could actually get “Full service.”

I guess what I’m asking is are we really satisfied with sound bytes? Do we think a President who offers sound bytes and doles out rewards to the faithful is better than someone who tells us that we can have opportunities for growth and real security with smaller government? Are those same opportunities the kind where we can care for one another and our community? Do we naturally derive more character from hard work and community service than we do from entitlements and platitudes?


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