Pardon me if I step on some toes today. I recently listened to Part 1 in a series by Ravi Zacharias titled "Mind Games in a World of Images," and it's made me think in new ways I hadn't explored since college.
Dr. Zacharias referenced a book titled The Day America Told the Truth, which is a compilation of surveys that build a picture of American morals. Keeping in mind that it was published in 1991 (the same year I was born) it's entirely possible that some of the opinions represented therein have changed, but if they have I think maybe they've degenerated even further. The one that really caught my attention was the one that said a large percentage of Americans believed that women are morally superior to men.
"Women lie less, they're more responsible, far more honest at work, and can be trusted more."
But when we say someone is a "good person" or some kid has "gone bad," what standard are we measuring against? Not 1950's morality, to be sure. That's gone the way of the dinosaur. America has rejected most, if not all moral compasses it once held to so strongly.
When we say our politicians are corrupt, what does that mean? It means they lie, it means they're rich at our expense, it means they don't respect the wisdom or opinion of others, it means they're more interested in their own profit than in the good of the people. In short, it means they bear false witness, they don't love their neighbor as they love themselves, and they don't honor their father and mother.
Do those sound familiar?
If women are morally superior (which I doubt, but that does seem to be the popular opinion) then what moral standard are they being held to?
They don't bear false witness, they care for the fatherless and the widow, the serve their employer as they would serve their God...
Those sound familiar, too.
This shift away from morality to "political correctness" in America hasn't taken away our innate understanding that respecting our elders and showing mercy are inherently good, regardless of the fact that the social standard says that if your elders mistreat you then you have every right to hate them, and if someone wrongs you then you should take them to court and fleece them down to the bone. The social standard says that those things are your birthright, but it still rewards the ones that care for people that it says don't deserve care.
Think on that this week, when you're standing in line at the grocery store and the people in front of you are taking too long to pay. You have the right to be angry with them. But isn't it better all around, for you and for them, if you show mercy?