Everyone has one. How they use it is a different story.
I met a woman today who, by all accounts, is evil.
She is a caretaker in the DCFS foster care system. Her home is the temporary residence for any number of children in the custody of the State of Illinois. She recieves a check for a generous amount every month by the taxpayers of Illinois to care for these vulnerable and needy children whose lives are in various stages of abuse or disruption.
When she gets a new child to care for she takes them to the doctor, has them examined and suggests the doctor write this “undisciplined” child a prescription for Ritalin, Concerta, Valium or some other drug used to sedate the minds of children and adults.
Most of them are on two or three different sedatives or anti-anxiety medications such as Valium of Xanax. This makes the children easier to control while they are in her custody.
Suburban St. Louis man Michael Devlin is arrested for kidnapping and viciously abusing two young boys.
Evil. Nothing more than evil.
The individuals who have done such evil things have had to make some sort of equity with their conscience in regards to their actions. They have weighed the pros and cons against what they can acquire and have made a choice to follow their desires.
Pinocchio wasn’t alone. Everyone wrestles with their conscience to some degree. It speaks to all of us.
No one makes decisions for us. We must sleep at night with the decisions we have made and their result on our conscience.
The Bible speaks often of a man’s conscience.
Paul addresses the issue of conscience when he tells Timothy that in the last days men and women would have a conscience that has become seared as if by a hot iron (1Timothy 4:2).
How true the prophetic words of the Apostle have become.
In other places the Word encourages us to have a right conscience and a clean conscience before God (Hebrews 13:18).
It is probably the least recognized and most under-appreciated part of a person’s being but the improtance of our conscience remains great!
We must keep our conscience clean.