Beneath the surface of Morality

Yup, Morality. You know, the principles about the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

If you interview random people from all over this world you will get a slew of differing standards regarding what is moral and what is not, based on their own definition of morality.

The question that we have to ask is this: Is there a universal standard for what is Moral and what is not?

As Christians we believe that there is...His name is God. So what is God’s standard for what a human being who lives a Moral life look like? Again the answer is not a thing...it’s a person...Jesus.

In Mark 10 Jesus is interacting with a young man who was very wealthy and had come to Jesus to ask Him how he could inherit eternal life. The young man had referred to Jesus as being “Good” and Jesus challenged his definition of what “Good” is by clarifying something important...God is the definition of good. Jesus reminded him of the commandments and the young man claimed to have kept them since he was a young lad. Then Jesus dropped this on him in Mark 10.21-22:

"21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions."

Moore observed this about the interaction:

The rich young ruler who once encountered Jesus wanted a religion that would promise him his best life now, extended out into all eternity. But Jesus knew that such an existence isn’t life at all, just the zombie corpse of the way of the flesh—always hungry but unable to die. Jesus came to do something else; he came to wreck our lives, so that he could join us to his.

How does this connect to Morality? It’s simple.

We as human beings have not received the call to be a people that behave better than other people. Rather what Dietrich Bonhoeffer said so beautifully is the truth of it: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Beneath our morality is the source from which we define morals: Jesus Himself. When our actions and words flow from that defining relationship, we become what we were called to be in the first place, image bearers of God. Those who have been made into His image through the regeneration of the cleansing of sin by Jesus on the cross.

Our morals are indeed more valuable than simply how we “feel” about things...

They are the outpouring of lives that have been transformed by a bloody cross and an empty tomb.

Love you guys!

Mike J.