You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean;
If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Humanity was given a precious and singular gift – the knowledge of right and wrong and the freedom to choose between the two. Each person faces the ‘right vs wrong’ decision all the time and the one we choose determines not only our future but our character and integrity as well.
How do I choose between right and wrong? If I am sitting at a stoplight at midnight and the light never changes, just stays green on the opposite side, do I just continue to sit there or do I take a chance and run the light? Well, I wait a few minutes, then look to make sure no one is coming and I run the light. According to the law of man, that was a wrong choice and I could get a ticket for that choice.
The laws of man are a lot simpler than the laws of God. Law enforcement and rules tells us what is right and what is wrong. As with anything thing man attempts to dictate, there are problems within that right vs wrong structure and there are some laws that need to be broken in order to be changed. But the law of man is not my focus here.
What about God’s Law? And what do I mean when I say God’s Law? I’m not referring to the 10 Commandments (although they are included). I am referring when I know within my own spirit that what I am doing is wrong (which may or may not be against man’s law). Maybe it was the time I sneaked a peek on my boss’ desk to see what the latest gossip was so I could spread it around. Maybe it was that pen, or notepad, or some other mundane office supply I took home from work or off someone elses’ desk. Maybe it was money out of the coffee fund I took because I wanted a soda. Every day there are many incidents of ‘little white wrong-doings’ that seemingly hurt no one.
So then, I have a revelation that what I am doing is actually wrong and it is against God’s Law of “love your neighbor and don’t covet your neighbor’s possessions.” And I resolve to stop. But why am I resolving to stop?
Is it because I might get caught? Absolutely! I don’t want to get caught doing something petty but wrong. My reputation would be ruined. People would think differently about me. My life might change drastically in an unpleasant way as a result.
Is it because it might lead me to other, more heinous wrong-doings? Possibly! Stealing post-its and pens and pencils has gotten more than one person in trouble because they thought ‘how easy is this’ and stole more, sold them on e-bay© and were eventually found out. Any step over the line into wrong-doing carries with it the possibility of even greater crimes.
But both of the above reasons should not be the reason to stop any minor or petty wrong-doing. The reason needs to be simply because it is wrong. I shouldn’t take those pens (read: steal) simply because they are not mine; I did not purchase them; it is simply wrong to put it in my pocket however innocuous it may seem. I may have contributed to the coffee fund, but it is not my money for the taking. It belongs to the group. To take it would simply be wrong. And one more example, that sandwich in the office refrigerator looks delicious but I didn’t make it and I didn’t pay for the ingredients so it is simply wrong for me to take it no matter how hungry I am.
Let this be a lesson for me as I go forth from this point in my life – stop doing wrong things simply because it is wrong to do them. No other reasons/excuses allowed.
This is the only way I will be able to look at myself in the mirror and be okay with me. This is the only way I will be able to honestly kneel before the Throne of God and worship Him.
Wrong is simply wrong.