Matthew 24:3-8 (NIV) — “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said. ‘When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.’”
We live in a wondrous time of art and technology. It’s amazing what the movie industry can put on the screen. The art of cut-and-paste can be amusing. The meme of Bernie Saunders stole the fashion highlights from the 2021 inauguration.
Absolutely amazing entertainment. So what restrains this art, these capabilities of the entertainment world? A presentation of illusion, delusion, misconception and misdirection?
Just a notion; I looked up the definition of moral compass — “an internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person with regard to ethical behavior and decision making: Imagine if your lawmakers had a completely different moral compass than you.”
Your moral compass is your inner sense of right and wrong, which is what guides your actions.
Almost immediately, Proverbs 29:18 pops into mind, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
We are surrounded by the media. Many of us carry a cell phone that gives almost instant access to the world’s information highway, past and present. Forged fiction and fabled history sprinkled up bits and pieces of fact, just enough to give an illusion of truth.
At times, the art of persuasion through our media outlets is extremely convincing.
Have you been presented with ideas, suggestions and ultimatums that you sense are wrong? Such things that set your moral compass spinning?
What happens for me is such things trigger sets of Scriptures. For example, Matthew 24:24B — “If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Isaiah 5:20 — “How terrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil.”
To me, it’s not about the moral compass of others. It’s about each individual keeping the condition of their own compass.
The moral compass I was raised with isn’t the same as the one I now live by.
I would go as far as to say, “I had no moral compass. I did what I wanted, how I wanted and paid the high prices of consequences.”
Today, I would say my moral compass is set by Biblical principles.
Have you heard of Robert Peary? He had a handheld compass that looked like an old-fashioned pocket watch. He’s given credit for being the first person to reach the North Pole using a compass. Imagine doing so without visual landmarks. a great empty expanse on a sea of snow, ice, snowstorms and whiteout snowstorms.
The main purpose of a compass is to indicate and maintain bearing or direction.
Remember Matthew 24:4 — “Jesus said, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’”
It would be wise to understand the power of deception. There’s several Biblical points that come to mind.
I’ll share the short version.
Exodus 7:10-11 — “So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just what the Lord commanded. Aaron threw down his staff and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts.”
For the Christian Believer, disciples of Christ, “We live by faith not by sight.”
Knowing the Word and Will of God is what gives us a true bearing for our moral compass.
I am encouraged by Acts 8:9-13. In my Bible, that passage is titled “Simon the Sorcerer.”
I hope that as Simon and I have, others will have a change of heart, grasping and developing a Biblical moral compass. So that regardless of what we can and cannot see, regardless of our situations or conditions, we can stay the course of True North, Christ Centered.