My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew and his friend were on their way to the Life is Beautiful concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017 when Stephen Paddock began shooting. Had they not been delayed while on their way by just a few minutes, they would have been in the line of fire. Though I am thankful they were running late, I continue to grieve over the 58 who were not so fortunate. In my grief, I ask the same question everyone else is asking: Why? The answer may be right in front of us, but it is not one we want to acknowledge.
Tag: Moral Relativism
Within the past two weeks, Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and Hurricane Irma swept over Florida. My wife and I have many friends and relatives in Florida, and so we have been glued to the news. Now that we have all had time to catch our collective breath and begin to assess the damage, there is much to learn. I see three reminders in the events of the past few weeks: we live in a fallen world, everyone knows this is not the way it ought to be, and our call is to be good stewards of this world. (I’m interrupting my leadership blog series to discuss these reminders this week.)
In this series I have looked at two proper approaches to ethical decision-making. They are both based on objective, transcendent realities that we can use to arrive at good, right, wise and just decisions. This week I identify a third approach that is both very popular and very wrong, and suggest we not make decisions based on this third approach!
Last week I argued leaders should make decisions based on objective, transcendent moral principles. But not everyone agrees. If we are going to do so we must be ready to respond to three objections others will have.
In my last post I said leaders make decisions, and all decisions that affect others are moral decisions. Therefore in order to lead effectively we must understand the correct and incorrect ways of approaching these moral decisions. The good news is there are only three overall approaches—two beneficial and one harmful, in my opinion.
We all lead in various ways–in our homes, communities, churches and companies. As leaders we are responsibility for making decisions that affect the wellbeing of others. We do this by making decisions that are good, right, wise and just. This is the essence of leadership—making and implementing these type decisions.
During the holidays I had the chance to see a play and several movies (a rare treat!) I was struck by three biblical themes that were central to them all. By highlighting these themes in conversations with our children and friends we have ready-made examples to help them understand the great truths of the Gospel, as well as remind us of the grace of the Gospel in our lives!