Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

What Is Your Locus Or Source Of Morality?

We see anomie (an-uh-mee) all around. Webster’s says this is “social instability resulting from the breakdown of standards and values." Anomie is a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values. Webster’s also describes anomie as “uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.” We all need to choose our locus or source of our morality very carefully.





Feelings, this includes emotional and physical:


  • Consciences are like computers; they can be programmed wrong. 
  • Paul had a “perfectly good conscience” (Acts 23:1).
  • Even while persecuting Christians (Acts 26:9-11) in completed opposition to Jesus (Acts 22:4-8). 
  • Consciences can be damaged to the point of uselessness (1Timothy 4:1-2). 

Peers/What’s popular: 

  • Jesus says many will enter the gate to destruction and few will enter the gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14).
  • Peter and Barnabus struggled with this (Galatians 2:11-13).
  • Stephen was a victim of this (Acts 7:51-60). 
  • The Bible clearly warns us of the influence of immoral people in our lives (1Corinthians 15:33).
  • Consider following the crowd during: Noah’s time (Genesis 6:5-7) or Joshua’s time (Num. 14:26-30).
  • If you followed the crowd you would have asked for Jesus’ death and his blood to be on you and your children (Matthew 27:20-26). 

Spiritual leaders:





The Apostles: 

God’s Word: 

Peers/What’s popular: 

  • Our Christian peers and what’s popular among them can be a very positive influence (1 Cor. 11:11 Tim. 4:12).
  • Christians help one another to lead Godly lives and strive toward heaven (Galatians 6:1-2).  

What is your source of morality tonight? Is it from the world or is it from God? If it is from the world the benefits you reap will only be temporary. If it is from God the rewards are eternal. Choose God as your source! Then you can be productive for Him in this life and have perfect eternal life to look forward to one day. We hope to see you back on “Speaking The Truth In Love” in two weeks.