Cracker Box Values
The Oxford Dictionary defines “values” as: “Principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life.”
Everyone has core values. It’s the very fabric that controls how they act, what they say, and how they feel. It’s where they base their spirituality, politics, profession, and relationships. Although everyone has values, not everyone agrees on a basic set of values. While one person is an ardent believer in capitalism, another person may whole-heartedly subscribe to socialism. When asked why, each person can give a laundry list of values behind why they promote either societal system. Which one is right? Your values will dictate your answer.
Ultimately, that is the whole crux in the breakdown we see in society. The reason everything is so topsy-turvy is that our core system of values is all over the place. We have social media, reality television, news pundits, political voices, religious leaders, authors… you name it, there is no shortage of people spouting their “values” for your consumption. If you’re short on values, there are plenty of people out there who are willing to give you theirs.
But I must caution you, not all values are created equal, and you have to be careful which ones you choose to sew into your foundational fabric. Because whether it’s popular to say this or not, there is a set of true values in the world, and they don’t fit into the “What’s true for you, is not always true for me” argument. They transcend all that grey matter and sit firmly in the black and white camp. They are God’s unwavering values and are based on a truth and reality much more significant than ours.
Now I firmly believe that if we all agreed to live by these essential and life-giving values, we would see a vast difference in our world. We would not see school shootings, sexual assault, political in-fighting, religious- and sect-based wars. Instead, we would live in peace because God’s values put all this human silliness to rest.
So, before you argue that values change with the changing times, that we all get to believe what we want, and that values are very personal, you may need to “check yourself before you wreck yourself,” as the saying goes. Haphazard values lead to haphazard results.
On the other hand, God’s values are explicitly laid out in the Bible and will give you the same results every time: truth, integrity, and honor.
So, again, I ask, where do you get your value system, and are you better for it? If not, maybe it’s time to sit down with the Bible and invest your energy into a value system that WILL provide you a better way of life.
WE DEMOLISH ARGUMENTS AND EVERY PRETENSION THAT SETS ITSELF UP AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND WE TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE IT OBEDIENT TO CHRIST.
2 CORINTHIANS 10:5