Have we lost our way as a society? Has our conscience been seared as with a hot iron that we can no longer practice civility, and treat each other with the much-needed respect due to every child of God? Just like a third-degree burn suffered from a fire - there is something charring our human conscience which has damaged our ability to practice moral etiquette, and which has disabled our spiritual nerve endings which is now in need of repair.
Growing up I always remember feeling as though someone was keeping watch over me. I wasn’t sure if it was the neighboring spies who had a secret vow with my mom, or was it the simple fact that I was taught civility, respect, and integrity early in my years. Simple rules like “thou shall not lie or else you will get a shoe stuck in your head” helped pave a clear way to being aware that there was either an “eye in the sky”, or someone had a secret sonar ability to listen to my every word. Either way, I have always treasured that little voice abiding in the crevices of my stomach which helped me distinguish right from wrong, especially in darkened times.
The Word of God has always been the foundation of every moral rule. And, accompanied with this great gift He has embedded in us the gift of conscience which we should be careful to tend, and not leave to stupor. It would do us a great benefit to once again listen to this spiritual muscle especially more in times like this.
2 Corinthians 1:12-14
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.