In those days, they had no King, and every man did what was right in his own eyes
A man who decides what is right and wrong in his own eyes is blind.
One of the reason for the decline of society into moral chaos and increasing tyranny, traces the idea that every man can decide for himself; in fact, every man for himself. This is the insanity of narcissistic self-focus in which everything is subjective and nothing is objective. The subject (a man) decides what’s right and wrong.
That’s the post-modern world, a world where every man does what he thinks is right in his own eyes. It’s called relativism; I’m o.k., you’re o.k., do your own thing, etc.
But there is nothing new under the sun. From Judges 21:25:
In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.
We have turned away from the King, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and do what we think is right in our own eyes, there is have moral chaos.
Instead of 10 simple commandments, we have a growing tyranny of millions of laws, laws that are churned out by a foolish political and judicial class in their attempts to control the behaviors of the post-modern man. No one can keep track of all the laws and regulations and many men are clever enough to circumvent the laws…to do what is right in their own eyes,
Where criminal law ends, regulatory law begins:
According to the Office of the Federal Register, in 1998, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the official listing of all regulations in effect, contained a total of 134,723 pages in 201 volumes that claimed 19 feet of shelf space. In 1970, the CFR totaled only 54,834 pages.
Thousands upon thousands of pages of laws and armies of police and judges, will never make a man good.
The lesson for the Catholic man is clear: instead of living a lawless life, one in which you do what it is that feels good and what you can rationalize, living within the bounds of 10’s of thousands of largely meaningless man-made laws, simplify: Turn to the 10 Commandments and begin to live by them.
You’ll fail, of course. That is what all men do when they try to live without sin. That is where the manly act of repentance in the Sacrament of Confession gives us the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
You’ll be a better man, a better dad; a man destined for Sainthood. Christ can make you a saint.