I remember being in a huge line up for the Tim Horton’s coffee shop. My friend Rob and I were about the 20th and 21st people in line.
But then, out of nowhere, some guy saw a two-foot gap between person two and three near the front… and cut in! He budded!
So my friend Rob yelled out, “Hey buddy, the rest of us mind!” The budder pretended not to hear. So again, Rob called out, “Hey you, the rest of us were here first. Back of the line!”
Most people—regardless of country or culture—have a basic sense of morality, of right and wrong, deep within them. For example, most people know that it’s wrong to cut in line, and that it’s right to wait your turn.
Have you ever wondered where that comes from? It comes from God—the Maker of morality.
In Romans 2:15 (NLT), Paul explains that even those who don’t believe in God “demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts.” In other words, God has planted a deep, basic sense of right and wrong inside humanity.
It doesn’t come from society in general, or from evolution, or from majority thinking. (To find out why, listen to the podcast below.) So it has to come from an outside source—from God.
I’m telling you this for two reasons.
First, God wants us to live in a way that honours him.
Second, since this deep basic morality is in ALL people it means you have something in common with those who don’t share all your beliefs. It can be treasured common ground as you build relationships and start to introduce others to the powerful ways Jesus amplifies and clarifies how life can be lived in an abundant, world-changing way.
God’s basic compass of right and wrong is planted deep within your heart; it pulses through your veins. Use it to help heal the world.
By Matthew Ruttan
- As mentioned above, Sunday’s message was Part 3 in our teaching series called “Does God Even Exist?” It presents an argument for God’s existence from morality. The message is called “The Maker of Morality.” Click here to listen to the podcast. Enjoy!