June 21, 2011

Legal Not Ethical

Just because something is legal doesn't make it ethical.

Ethic, a definition: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation; a set of moral principles, the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group, a guiding philosophy, a consciousness of moral importance.

Only God can determine what is good and bad. We have only come to have knowledge of good and bad through our creation after the image of God and in our experience of rebellion and disobedience. We have the infallible Word of God to understand how to apply this knowledge to our everyday encounters.

It may be legal to murder infants, sell products that are solely used for illegal drugs, or to steal three weeks of research that someone else did and pass it off as your own. But if the Bible is to be "our rule of law and morality in civil society" we must do what we can to abolish such laws and return to the principles set forth by our God and Creator who has disclosed for us those things that are right and wrong. The further our legislators get from a fear of the Lord, the more and more necessary it becomes, as a Christian to discern what is ethical, what we should accept or reject at the ballot box, in our homes and business practices, and what to do when we are the victims of unethical practices.

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