It is not unusual to find individuals who wish to forget something from their past lives. That may not be a good idea when considering what Paul had expressed to Timothy about in his letter to him. Paul taught that true salvation produces love for God from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Ti.1:5). While the Greek term for good refers to that which produces satisfaction and pleasure, conscience is a self-judging faculty wherein God’s law has been written in each man’s heart. God has given to each the capacity to know the difference between right and wrong. Still the conscience must be protected otherwise it can become lax and even be corrupted. According to the terms Paul used in his writings, the conscience can be seared, and defiled, or conversely, it can be good and clear. Since the mind is the conduit to the conscience, whatever forms our thinking impacts the conscience. The divinely installed warning system in man will normally conform to whatever system of values learned. Taking this into account, the conscience acts as a window or guide, and though not the source or moral values, it remains an expression of what the mind has accepted as true.
Typically, leaders who have enacted immoral practises and laws have been some of the worst violators in history. The National Post recently had an article about several American soldiers that while in Afghanistan had rescued a young boy from being sexually assaulted by an Afghan leader. After the altercation, one of the soldier’s was reprimanded for breaking rank and not adhering to internal policy that prevented intervention in such matters while on foreign soil. According to U.S. policy makers, the idea is to avoid upsetting the ruling Afghan elite who mostly excuse such actions as cultural. The exploitation of children should, if anything else, never be tolerated. Along with the gross injustices and the incalculable damage done to the innocent, the conscience of those who were and still are expected to commit to such a heinous policy suffer as well. At creation God had placed in each of us a conscience. Any failure to act in accordance to His Will, or action taken to correct wrongdoings, will only serve to harden the conscience. Paul’s instructions in Romans 1 points out that when the truth of God is continually suppressed and supplanted instead by evil it weighs heavily on the conscience to the degree that it loses its usefulness. Such reprobate conditions help explain the sorted behavior of men as Hitler, Stalin, Sadam Hussein, Reinhard Heydrich described as the man with the iron heart who relocated and sent 60,000 Jewish people to death camps, Osama bin Laden, Henry Morgentaler, Ayotollah Kuhmeni, Nero, Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Vald Dracula, the latter actually existed and was renowned for the methods he used to torture and kill people, along with a host of others including large numbers of Islamists in the Middle East, who justify murder and rape as legitimate means to further their cause. As evil is being felt around the world, many of those who are involved have become de-sensitized to it.
In North America the leaders of our nation have either decriminalize or institutionalized abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, prostitution, gambling, cage fighting, common-law relationships, and drug usage to name a few. In the last decade we have experienced a great swing to our value system from Christian-Judea to Paganism. Just consider the abortion laws that we all live under. Inasmuch as we spoke earlier about the children that are being violated under the very noses of the military in and around the Middle East, on our own soil are the deaths of babies in the clinic on Bank Street and in some of our public funded hospitals here in Ottawa. This much is certain, that the killing of unborn babies have become so common that politicians openly campaign on it as though it has merit in order to win votes. When evil stands unopposed, and receives enough exposure, acceptance soon follows and from that point, you can expect a decline in the nation’s collective ability to make sound moral judgements. Not too surprisingly, that is happening now. A defective conscience becomes more dangerous than “the guns and bombs” that currently threatens our existence. Unless moral conditions change radically, the ruin of our nation may be much closer than what we dare admit. The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people (Prov 14:34). The solution is to admit to our sins and repent of them by looking to Christ for forgiveness and restoration. It is not too late, if we are willing to humble ourselves and receive His gracious gift of salvation.
In two weeks Part 2