Morality Reality

“Our society will come no closer to being able to distinguish right from wrong if our morality is founded strictly on theory and not reality. For moral principles to be effective, they must be based in the real world and connect to our daily lives and relationships. If our morals are merely social constructions and ethical theories that are never firmly attached to real-life events, then such theories will never be able to sustain the authority required to change behavior.”

From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.


Even a Godly principled morality will set some on the right road, while driving others deeper into depravity due to a stone-cold heart and seared conscience. It takes an inner act of God to change a single soul for the better. That He can do according to His will even in the worst surroundings. Society is an influencer, but not the determiner.


Mark 3: 4

‘Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they (Pharisees) remained silent.’

As you remember, the ruling Scribes, Sadducees’ and Pharisees rejected the God they professed to love in favor of their own culture-bound laws.

5 thoughts on “Morality Reality”

  1. “Society is an influencer, but not a determiner.” Those words go right with my reading from John today. “All the the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. . . No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him…” (John 6:37, 44). God’s drawing is stronger than society’s influence. I’ve been praying each morning that the Lord would give you words to write, GW. This post comes as an answer to prayer. One thought at a time:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth, for your faithful prayers! The Lord is faithful! I decided to let the words come to me rather than beating the bushes to flush them into the open. At the same time knowing that all good writing isn’t necessarily directly inspired of the Holy Spirit. However, it can come from a sentient heart prepared by the Holy Spirit. And sometimes shorter is just better anyway. 🌝. Your quoted passage from John I have returned to so often that it has been engrained in my heart and often emerges in different ways within my writing. Thank you for raising it in your comment. The comfort it brings to me is never ending. I so appreciate you letting me know I was in your daily prayers.

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    1. It’s good. I enjoy Willard’s thinking and writing generally. He’s very prolific. I was introduced to him by reading, “The Divine Conspiracy: rediscovering our hidden life in God.” I enjoyed that one, also, and went on to read more of his. Was sorry to learn he went home to be with the Lord a few years ago. Thanks, Jim.

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