When did duty, responsibility, obligation, and commitment become bad words in our culture? I asked that question on Sunday. For many people, they are bad words. They speak about things we don’t want to do. They talk about things we would prefer to avoid. And they describe what has gone wrong with our culture.
What’s gone wrong? Too many of us neglect our duty, avoid being responsible, renege on obligations, and don’t care about commitments. And when that happens, others suffer.
How can a society ever survive with such thinking? With such behaving? How can a marriage or a family survive? Answer: They can’t.
Christianity does not eliminate duty, responsibility, obligation, and commitment. Christianity transforms them. It does so with love, with grace, and with power.
Duty apart from love becomes drudgery. And we all know what happens soon after that. Too much drudgery and we just stop doing it. Raising kids without love is drudgery. Being married without love is drudgery. Working at your job without love is drudgery. Whenever you are compelled to do your duty, you won’t do it very well.
But, when duty (even difficult and challenging duty) is filled with love, it becomes your delight. …