In the Emmaus Men’s Spirituality Group meeting today, I was happy to gaze upon a segment of Scripture that caused me to think long and hard. This segment is where Jesus rebukes those who did deeds in His name but committed grave sins. Basically He rebuked them as hypocrites. He also used the “house of sand” metaphor to illustrate the consequences of living such a two-faced life.
But it occurred to me that a compass could also serve to illustrate this concept very well, and it is a concept more readily understood by sailors, hikers, etc. I can’t use a compass worth a darn mainly cuz I’m clueless as to how to set the bezel and all that jazz. But my time in Boy Scouts does me well here to bring this illustration to fruition.
A compass is a tool used to give people a sense of direction by maintaining a vector lock on true North. This is a very great tool provided one knows how to use it properly and steers clear of areas that cause the compass to lose that lock, Which is a strange but consistent occurrence in the Bermuda Triangle, one of nature’s greatest unsolved mysteries. In the Bermuda Triangle you can forget about trying to get your compass to maintain any sort of vector lock on true North.
Our moral compass is the same way. It can easily get lost in the mysterious and dangerous Bermuda Triangle of our sinfulness and the moral relativism that we use in attempt to rationalize it. As with a regular compass, our moral compass can only regain a vector lock on true North (God), when it leaves the Bermuda Triangle. This is why we must endeavor to keep our moral compass locked firmly on God, our true North, and resist the temptation to navigate the Bermuda Triangle of sinfulness and debauchery because that is the only way we can have a clear moral direction for ourselves.
This is just me though. I don’t know about the rest of you. But I will continue to pray to God daily for the strength to keep this vector lock straight and true.