I was watching the Today show this morning and Caroline Kennedy was being interviewed about the JFK Profile in Courage Award that was being presented to President Obama. In the midst of the interview she was asked how President Obama had displayed courage. She responded that politically he showed courage by “doing what he thought was right”.
Doing what he thought was right. Is that how one displays courage? Isn’t this a clear indication of a clear change in our culture? One can be courageous in many ways and certainly one of those would be that you can be courageous when you do the right thing regardless of the consequences. It is an entirely new angle to be considered courageous for doing what YOU think is right.
The Bible specifically mentions this as a problem in past generations. A time when every man did that which was right according to himself (Judges 17, 21 and Proverbs 21). We are living in a day when this is accepted as good. We should be doing that which is right according to God and that which is morally right – instead every one determines for himself what he feels is good. Then we reward this as courageous.