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“Don’t Get Caught Plagiarizing”

The advertisement caught my attention because of the ethical statement it implied. It didn’t say simply, “Don’t plagiarize” but rather the website was advertising a way to protect you from being “caught” while plagiarizing. I didn’t check out what the ad was offering, but kept thinking about the type of message it was promoting.

The ad made it seem like plagiarism was expected.

Like it’s no big deal.

Like the problem isn’t stealing, the problem is getting caught. 

Maybe that’s not what they meant at all, but it got me to thinking. Have we reached a point in our day when we’ve grown so unethical, so devoid of a clear understanding of right and wrong, so corrupt, that we are only concerned about the cover-up and not the crime?

Probably. But it’s not something that should surprise me. We are struggling with corruption and the day is growing darker.

Remember what Paul warned Timothy about?

[box]But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God . . . (2 Tim. 3:1–4)[/box]

This description has been true of every generation of man, but it seems that self-love and brutality is on the increase. Immorality is now the norm rather than the exception. And it appears that we have plunged headlong into a culture of death.

When a culture’s love for pleasure exceeds its love for God, the end result will be costly. Chaos and disorder will ensue as we have no governing truth that holds us intact. When a nation loses its moral compass and no longer holds itself accountable for its atrocities, we should expect the day to grow darker.

When we love ourselves more than we love God, we should expect ungodliness to be exalted and holiness to be mocked. 

Isaiah describes it this way:

[box]Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20)[/box]

But no matter how dark the day, no matter how upside-down the thinking of the culture grows . . . we must penetrate that darkness with the true light that is their only hope:

[box]Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)[/box]

[box]“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46)[/box]

Join me in praying for our nation, for our churches, for our families. I’m asking God to stir my heart with a deeper love for Him. I’m asking Him to stir the Church, that our love for Him will increase and our self-centered preoccupation will be eradicated!

May we see the light of the gospel invade and impact our world!

Are you walking in the Light today?

Are you sharing that Light with others?