Moral Responsibility and Its Impact Upon Community
In every religion there is a distinctive understanding of value and duty, of right and wrong, and of good and bad. Modern Christianity is no exception and believes in each of these things. Christians know there is only one God and he created and rules over all things. They know that it is through Gods grace and love that we may have eternal life. That love and grace does not come without a price. The price is a life that is lived for God. It carries with it certain ethical and moral responsibilities to the community and all mankind. Those moral and ethical responsibilities are the backbone for society.
In Christianity, Christ is central in atoning for the sins of mankind. He is the Son of God and gave his life so that we may live. The Christian operates on the basis of love and it is this love that determines social policy. Love creates and preserves the community. It is that community that gives us values. Our morals and values are what direct our natural impulses. God created man and gave him free will. He bestowed unto man the ability to take into consideration the motives as well as the consequences of his actions. Man has the ability to reason as apposed to acting from natural instincts or compulsions. Reasoning is a gift from God and must be used to make sound moral decisions. Reason cannot be used alone it must be used in conjunction with faith in God and his will. In all of life there is probably no area that perception plays a larger impact than in the realm of faith. How we see the world, our place in it, and our God dramatically affects how we feel, and how we think. This then determines how we behave, what we believe and who we become. The value of mankind is determined by his ability to define ethical behavior and adhere to moral traditions. Man acts on the basis of his relationship with God.
In the area of values and ethics we, the Christian people, contribute monumentally to humanity. As Christians we are aware of the idea of our responsibility to society and the world. We serve as the collective conscience of the community. Historically Christians have always been very giving of both their self and money to those in need. When some one is in distress physical or otherwise we have an obligation as Christians to help them. The Bible mandates this positive behavior. People accept the authority of the Bible because it is a historical record of God’s self-disclosure. Leviticus 19:18 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself ”. Many people would say, “I am a good person, I don’t hurt anyone”. That is not the Christian understanding of a “good person”. Being a good person requires one to take an active stance, not to content oneself with merely avoiding evil. You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Christianity teaches that you are responsible to the world. You are a caretaker and if there is a problem you have to do...