There is a movie called “Time Changer”, about a man who gets transported through time several hundred years from the past to modern day. It’s a lesson for him because in his time period he was writing a book about how good principals could be taught without the need of mentioning Christ: where the principals come from.
He soon learns of the desensitization that has occurred in our world now that morals are taught without the authority of Christ. If we tell someone that it is wrong to steal, but don’t tell them why or who said that it was wrong to steal, it means nothing to them. People need to know that it isn’t wrong just because it’s wrong, it’s wrong because God says so.
When we teach morality without authority, we don’t get results. If we had laws, but no police department to enforce them, everyone would break the laws because there is no authority to hold them accountable. That’s why people once called police officers “Authorities”, we have to answer for our mistakes and crimes. It is the same with God’s laws, the laws of morality and humanity.
We have been given guidelines and mandates for our lives. The Ten Commandments, the commands of Christ to love each other and worship only Him are for our protection as much as our pleasure. God wants His people to be safe, so He tells us not to kill each other. God doesn’t want us to kill each other so He said not to steal, deceive, or covet. God loves you, He wants you to both be safe and joyful. So, He gave you laws to abide by for safety and blessing.
We need to make sure we tell people the values and the rules with who gives us those values and rules and why they are important. The morals alone are not enough to make people abide by them. We can’t teach anything without authority, else why would anyone listen? So teach morals with the authority of Christ.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist