[a quick draft of current thinking…]


   Several times we’ve said, or alluded to the notion that everyone has a moral framework which people “work out” in practical ways to successfully live from day to day.


   For some, this can be spelled out, even written, but for most this would be a challenge…a big one.


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   For the “most” (those mentioned above), however, if a gun were put to their heads, and they had 30 minutes to write out what they considered morally right and morally wrong–being as detailed as possible–they could come up with what they would and wouldn’t do, and why, with the rest of their lives. Their words of some might be logically consistent, at least in part…but to a nit-picker large parts would have logical flaws, sound inconsistent, or beyond common understanding.

   Why? because we, especially Americans, are surrounded by distractions on the search for happiness. And stopping, looking in the mirror to ask what should be happening in our lives is too far down the “list” to get to.

   Age, however, often sharpens our ears and eyes.

   Yes, sharpens, not dulls…if we can still make it to the mirror.

   As said, or suggested, each of us has such a “moral framework.”  There are some things we’d just never do, and some things we always will do. For example: Murder someone in cold blood on the street who mildly offends us, NO. See that our family has enough to eat, YES. If we think about our moral standards and how far they go, we can can start at extremes and work in.

   A first question though is where do our standards come from? From people around us? from an outside source? or some combination?

   For Christians, recognizing this is essential–as tangled as it may seem.

   For a long time, Christians have almost worshipped the Constitution, an incredible document, I believe–though brief and general in many places, allowing modifications guarded by many checks and balances.

   The Constitution, and laws derived by its guiding light, however, are being pushed around a lot these days, reversing original meanings and intent.

  But to Christians there’s more than the Constitution. How should Christians think about this…particularly regarding the issues that affect moral behavior?

   More next time on deciding a moral framework…

   Remember this is a draft.