We live in a world where it is preferable to be something that you are not. Where false pretense and misdirection are status quo. Television, magazines and ads bombard you immoral messages. Self seeking, self pleasuring, self gratifying and chasing after carnal desire rather than being the men and women that we were created to be, in communion with the Divine, are what takes precedence. No one is what they seem. The person that you see on Facebook, so happy… are they really? The relationship that seems to be perfect online… is it?
The murderer isn’t to blame because his father beat him. The rapist was drunk, it’s not his fault. The protesters looted, because they got caught up in the heat of the moment. No one is to blame for their own behavior. The evil inclination has fooled us. It has taken root and it is in control of our world. We are told that up is down, left is right, evil is good. The very moral fabric of the world is being turned on its head.
So what is my message to my beloved religious education students? Just this: In a world where it is not acceptable to be men and women of God, where being yourself is not O.K., where standing for right gets you labeled archaic and fanatical, in this world where it is no longer acceptable to be what you were created to be, I dare you to be you. Be the person that your parents have striven to help you become.
Follow the conscience that the world is trying to silence. Pray. Believe. Listen to the inner voice. Reject evil, no matter how many others are telling you that it is good. Be men and women of God. Reject the world, and embrace all that will ensure your place in the world that is to come. In a world where being FAKE is preferred, be real. In a world where God is dead, show them that He is alive. In a world where being who you were created to be is labeled bigotry, be the best you that you can be anyway.
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
“More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way.” ― Glen Cook
“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.” ― Winston S. Churchill
“Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they’re ratified into law.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri
“The fact that good people can be forced to do wrong doesn’t make them less good. But it also doesn’t make the wrong less wrong.” ― Ovadya ben Malkaa