MORALS, ETHICS, LAWS AND STANDARDS IN SOCIETY

The complex fabric that is woven to make up the society we live in consists of many unique threads. Each of us individually has a place in the weave and without us the entire tapestry would be a lesser creation. There are however certain underpinning threads that have been woven into the fabric that are stronger than others and upon which the entire creation relies, if these threads fail then the complete design is in danger of collapsing. These underpinning threads include the morals and ethics, the laws and standards of our society and if these underlying threads are not protected then the whole institution will eventually fail. An overall understanding of these areas assists us with our parenting decisions and enables us to practice positive parenting.


Morals

(Exodus 20:14) “You shall not commit adultery”.


Morals are the basis of how we determine what is right and wrong, when they are clearly defined our choices are easier to make. Our morality defines how we treat each other personally in society and appears particularly focused upon sexual purity and fidelity. The Judaeo-Christian foundations of our society clearly identified what was acceptable in the eyes of God and assisted mankind in knowing how we should conduct ourselves. It is by standing upon these proven foundations that we find stability as a society.


There seems however in recent times to have been a concerted effort to undermine and destroy the very moral fabric of our society and replace it with ‘amoral’ behaviour which is defined as a lack of moral sensibility. The erosion of our societies moral standards has increased markedly within our generation, and what was unthinkable only 50 years ago is now accepted as normal in many areas of life.


‘Immorality’ as defined by a lifestyle outside the accepted standards of moral behaviour, is the predominant choice of many people in the world. These individuals have rejected the values that we have built our society upon and replaced them with their own ideas of what is acceptable. Sadly, many people in this generation no longer have a clear understanding of what is right or wrong, and therefore fail into realise their greatest potential by living a life of honour in obedience to God’s word.


One of the benefits of having a society founded upon a solid moral code is that each person already has a safe track to run on in life and they don’t have to try to re-invent the wheel and figure it all out themselves.

Ethics

(Exodus 20:15-16) “You shall not steal. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”.


Ethics simply explained is how we treat each other in a non-personal or commercial setting. This may involve but is not limited to elements of fairness, consistency, transparency and honesty.


How we treat our fellow-man in the world is in a large way determined by our accepted ethical standards or lack thereof. Those who fail to adopt the need for high ethical standards in their own behaviour tend to find it much easier to take advantage of others in many of life’s situations. These people often become the con-men, the embezzlers and the criminals in our society, and they leave a trail of turmoil and distress behind them where ever they go. Their lack of personal integrity allows wicked thoughts and despicable schemes to be devised in their hearts, that ultimately lead to underhanded and fraudulent acts against innocent people.


One of the benefits of having a society founded upon a solid ethical code is so that every person rich or poor is treated with respect and a degree of honour and not taken advantage of.

Laws

(Romans 13:1-2) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves.


Laws are instituted by governments and are binding upon every member of that community, ensuring that each person has both rights and responsibilities. Laws are implemented to keep the worst elements of our society restrained and to facilitate safety and security for all it’s members.


Those unprincipled members of society whose hearts are set upon chaos and maliciousness are restricted to a certain extent by the fear of judgement that the laws of the land bring. Laws would not be needed if a society was filled with people who merely loved and cared for each other, but when there are so many who are unscrupulous and set upon a path of wickedness we need all the protections that the laws can give us.