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Before one divulges into what right really means, you need to get into what one believes. Imagine you are driving down the road and as you approach a signal light, when it changes from green to yellow. You are now faced with a dilemma. Should you step on the gas to proceed through the intersection, or, do you apply the brakes in preparation to stop? Every day we are faced with the dilemma of choosing the right way of doing something or the wrong way of doing something. Our moral compass helps us navigate to see what is right. The Bible says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17 ESV).
Peoples views on what is right and wrong differ based off of experiences, which later becomes their way of thinking. In the Old Testaments, the Israelites were unconscious of their wrong doings. They believed they were doing the right thing. Judges states that, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25 NIV). They did what was right in their eyes, not the eyes of the Lord. God, with his own finger, inscribed the covenant laws to Moses on Mount Sinai. With these two tables of testimony, Moses was to share the law of God (Exodus 31:18). Now the Israelites, who were ignorant, now are cognizant of their wrongdoing.
A sawmill working may find that it is necessary, maybe even right, to cut down old growth trees because his livelihood is dependent upon it. However, the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment and the Healthy Forests Initiative has made forest restoration a priority (Maloney, P. E., et al., December 2008). The young lawyer may find that it is his right, and rights of others, to take leisure hiking trips throughout the Sierra Nevada Forest. Both are right in their opinions and beliefs. Keep in mind that, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15 ESV).
So, how do we convince people who disagree with us about what is right? When I was a recruiter, I had to convey to young men and women the importance of starting a career in United States Army. I had to convince them that changing their life to the Army, was the best thing for them, regardless of their peer’s opinion. I did this by giving them the facts evidence and benefits. The facts, you get paid twice a month, you receive 30 days vacation a year. The evidence, by showing my leave earning statements, which depicts my monthly pay and my vacation time. Lastly the benefits, free medical and dental for the time that you are in the service. Use your moral compass with the backing of Jesus and you will always make the right choice.
Maloney, P. E., et al. (December 2008). Initial tree mortality and insect and pathogen response to fire and thinning restoration treatments in an old-growth mixed-conifer forest of the Sierra Nevada, California, Retrieved from http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/main_e.html
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