A MORAL COMPASS:
Which way is north? Whether you're lost in the woods or you're trying to install a sundial in your yard, you're bound to want to find true north from time to time, and chances are when you need it you won't have a compass.
1. Place a stick upright in the ground so that you can see its shadow. Alternatively, you can use the shadow of a fixed object. Nearly any object will work, but the TALLER the object is, the easier it will be to see the movement of its shadow, and the NARROWER the tip of the object is, the more accurate the reading will be. However, keep in mind that the taller the object is, the fuzzier the shadow gets. Make sure the shadow is cast on a level, brush-free spot.
2. Mark the tip of the shadow with a small object, such as a pebble, or a distinct scratch in the ground. Try to make the mark as small as possible so as to pinpoint the shadow's tip, but make sure you can identify the mark later.
3. Wait 10-15 minutes. The shadow tip will move mostly from west to east in a curved line.
4. Mark the new position of the shadow's tip with another small object or scratch. It will likely move only a short distance.
5. Draw a straight line in the ground between the two marks. This is an approximate east-west line.
6. Stand with the first mark (west) on your left, and the other (east) on your right. You are now facing mostly toward true north, regardless of where you are in the world.
What about finding our way morally and spiritually when we are lost? For the most part, many people are without a moral compass. Even if they had a moral compass, their compass does not line up with a true point of reference.
Many will echo the cries of the masses but few ever become a voice for justice, morality, and righteousness. Instead of being a voice for justice the masses act out in a moral climate of injustice by both their words and deeds. This is why we, as a nation vote in politicians that kill our unborn, outlaw prayer, and promote laws that directly go against the Word and character of God. The politicians are just a voice of the majority that placed them into power.
There are examples however in the Old and New Testament of those who stood steadfast for justice and railed fiercely against injustice. There are those who were not afraid to drive a stick in the ground and display a moral compass.
The prophet Amos is one example of a man who faced injustice as fiercely as a mother bear protecting her cubs when sensing they are endangered. Unlike many believers of today, Amos was incorruptible. We need an Army of believers to rise up that are incorruptible, who will fight for injustice, morality, and righteousness.
What does that mean? Amos was a Prophet who could not be bought with bribes, popularity, lust, desire, power, and fortune. There was no place of compromise found in his actions, his conversation, or his thoughts. Amos spoke to God and he spoke for God, and his attacks on injustice were rooted in the absolute justice of the law of God. He was a moral compass pointed to a true north.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.