“Woe to the land whose king is a child and whose leaders are already drunk in the morning. Happy the land whose king is a nobleman, and whose leaders work hard before they feast and drink, and then only to strengthen themselves for the tasks ahead”. (Eccl 10: 16-17)


"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat


Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Excerpt from Reverend Martin Luther King's "A Knock at Midnight" Speech

I wonder what Dr. King would be thinking were he alive today to survey the current age in which moral relativism seems to now be the rule rather than the exception. By that term, I mean the notion that one man's morality is as good as the other's. That "sin" is in the eye of the beholder and that there exists no absolute measurement as to what constitutes right and what constitutes wrong or sin.

Here is a powerful excerpt from that famous speech which I highly urge readers of this site to take time to review and carefully consider:

"It is also midnight within the moral order. At midnight colours lose their distinctiveness and become a sullen shade of grey. Moral principles have lost their distinctiveness. For modern man, absolute right and wrong are a matter of what the majority is doing. Right and wrong are relative to likes and dislikes and the customs of a particular community. We have unconsciously applied Einstein’s theory of relativity, which properly described the physical universe, to the moral and ethical realm.

The entire speech can be read here at the following link:

2 comments:

  1. And, Dan, to speak or truth or sin is to run the risk of the running afoul of the accusation of hubris. In a recent conversation with one who made claim to moderation and tolerance, I was told that because I believed in God, understood the Ten Commandments and the golden rule, I must certainly be a prideful man. How could I or anyone claim to know God's deaign for us?

    When the real hubris resides in men who believe themselves to be gods. Who believe they know better than God or can use their own wisdom in place of His teaching and laws. That is the real sin of pride. The same sin as committed by Adam and Eve. A desire and act to be "like god"

    "Everyone who can speak the Truth, yet speaks it not, will be judged by God."
    St. Justin Martyr

    "Error which is not opposed, is approved, and the truth which is defended only minimally, is oppressed" Pope Felix III

    Thanks for your thoughtful posts. It's a great comnfort and blessing to read your insight.


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    1. newguy40;

      thanks for the positive feedback. Yes indeed, one thing that this age seems to detest is absolutes when it comes to morality.

      Men concoct a ruler of their own standard and erect that as the god that all must bow down to. If not, you are labelled as an intolerant bigot or judgmental cretan.

      Isaiah said it well however: "Woe to those that call light, darkness and darkness, light".

      I am hopeful that the majority of folks who read this site understand that the reason we try to be successful in the markets is to provide for our family and hopefully have the resources to help elect men and women into positions of power who share our views of civics and limited government.

      I fear that within 4 years, our nation will be unrecognizable as it drowns under a sea of indebtedness while it rots from within due to moral decay.

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