The other day I had an interesting conversation with a family friend. We talked about lawlessness and selfishness in parts of today’s society.

I mentioned constant calls for gun reform and mental health crises during the mass shootings. I said to him, in my mind, it’s not a mental health crisis but a Moral Health crisis.

Children are not taught morals, ethics, and civility now that God, Christianity, and the Bible are banned from public school curricula. So many families of these shooters are not known as dedicated churchgoers. If a law said, “All schools receiving federal money must have classes on these subjects before a person can graduate,” it would give them some moral compass to use.

I told my good friend that, from my perspective, there are two types of people who express interest in any involvement with God. Those who depend on RELIGION and others on RELATIONSHIP. religion is founded on CEREMONIES, and relationship is anchored in COMMITMENT. Finally, loyalty to ceremonies provides a sense SATISFACTION, whereas commitment promises security in SALVATION.

Will this provide all the answers? No! But it must start somewhere. Not with others, but with ourselves.

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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