The recent revelation of Volkswagen cheating the emissions tests, deceiving not only the testing centers, but dealers, customers, and stockholders reveals the ultimate problem in society when society leaves its moral, ethical, and spiritual foundation.
This kind of activity in society as a whole is rampant. How often do we see people in high places in government or corporations or education or science or medicine or the food industry who are involved in something less than the highest ethical plane. Just look at the news media any one day and you will find something, like a problematic email server or a vaccine turned bad causing autism or seizures. You don’t have to look very far. How much destruction is caused by the lack of respect or lack of love which Jesus urged. That lack of love and respect brings on innumerable ills of mankind: pedophiles; rape; abortion; HAARP induced famine, drought, flood, earthquakes; sickness brought on by additives/pesiticides and GMO food, economies crashing because of the printing of zero value money by the Federal Reserve and the control by central banks and the manipulation of the stock market, common core education designed to dumb down the masses and take opportunity from them, and so much more. There is so much that can be traced to not following the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That has been perverted in modern times to say, “He who has the gold, rules,” but that is not its original form.
There is generally a warring and resistance against those who urge for the higher ground in ethics and morals…for those who specifically call for the Hebrew / Christian roots of the faith to be the undergirding of society…the Ten Commandments…the laws given by Moses which include property rights, and rights of the individual…the freedom brought by Jesus to be reconciled to God through the cross and then to do good…not to do evil…but to do good from a higher plane, by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to all who would receive. He said, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: (Matthew 5:17a) A careful reading of the New Testament will reveal the call to obedience went from not only outward obedience, but also to include that of the heart. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:17, 28)
Those who believe in those Hebrew / Christian roots are marginalized in today’s society, thrown in prison, fined, lose their businesses, and are called names. They are disrespected and persecuted by those who wish to live as they please with no regard to ethics or morals. Those who say there is no standard mock those who say there is a God-given standard.
And so those who mock morals and ethics and law find at some point, as in the case of the recent Volkswagen events, that ignoring morals and ethics and the higher laws of life will eventually cause a bad turn and downfall. It may not happen immediately, but in due season, “your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23)
The CEO is stepping down over this event. Dealers who purchased wholesale from Volkswagen are left with a product no one will want. People who own the cars will now have to get rid of them if they want to pass next year’s emission standards. And in one blow, Volkswagen, a formerly highly respected company, has fallen.
A good name is hard won and one foolish act of careless concern about ethics can lose it in a moment. Volkswagen will have to work hard to rebuild its reputation and re-earn the trust of its customers. Meanwhile, it leaves a vacuum, due to its lack of ethics, for other car companies to come in, capitalize on the lack of ethical capital that VW currently has, and these other car companies will come in to seek to take VW’s market share.
All because VW did not value one of the Ten Commandments. “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” That includes false witness about emission standards as well.