Over the last few years, a stunning shift has taken place in church culture. Successful, influential, and powerful pastors are being dismissed from their churches. Not for the typical moral failures or money scandals but for unhealthy leadership practices. Why has this become such an issue? Understanding the problem The simplified version is that decades…The Christian Effectiveness Officer (C.E.O.) (Clayton Pruett) — SBC Voices
“All a person’s ways seem pure to the, but motives are weight by the Lord, Proverbs 16: 2 (NIV)
I remember when I was a Boy Scout being taught how to use a compass. We were in the middle of a grassy, open field in a large Michigan forest on a sunny summer day. Mr. Maxwell, our Scoutmaster, held a compass with a clear plastic base on to which was attached a dial with a red magnetic needle. Orient the magnetic needle to find north.
“If you have a compass,” I remember him saying, “you can always find north.” Once you know north, you can find out where you outta be.” Likewise the Bible is our moral compass. Whether it’s deciding right or wrong in behavior, business decisions or national politics, the words of the Lord should be our guide.
What is your moral compass? How do you decide what’s right or wrong? Is it what your mother taught you? Is it popular opinion? Is it legal versus illegal? Is it the likelihood of getting caught?
A compass can prevent you from making bad decisions, guiding the way at every crossroad in life. Like a hidden blind spot on a road, the Bible warns you about what’s around the corner.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” we are reminded in Jeremiah 29:11.
The Bible, as the compass, always points to the path you should take, and is a guide to the decisions we make.