As we study history. As we read ancient text. As we study social behavior. We must realize that someone will be studying us as a culture during their history class one day. We will have a legacy as did the Jews, and Gentiles of old. It is difficult to imagine the things that we do today make a definite impact on our history and this civilizations outcome. If we take a look at the Old Testament of the Bible you get the distinct feeling that all that was written took place over a long long period of time. Whereas the New Testament time seem so much shorter. The point is, we must live our lives with the good grace of God on our minds at all times. We would want our legacy to be that of good and decent people. However there are those that will not fit that mold nor do they wish to. God gives us the guidelines. Jesus reiterated those guidelines. It is left up to us to live within them.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.