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Legislating immorality

I’ve started writing a post on legislating morality. The problem is though, that I’ve started writing it over and over again. In fact, just a few days ago while writing Right to Life, I started it over again after reading the opening of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

moneychangers God ultimately defines morality and each person must choose to act either morally or immorally. However, these two documents define the base set of morals that are required for our nation to function as a free and open society. They are the moral values that are legislated into our nation.

Since I actually wanted to finish this post I will just cut it off without any long winded dissertation. Just this thought.

While many Christians are shying away from legislating morality for any number of ludicrous excuses, there are a growing number of groups fighting daily to legislate immorality. Follow Christ’s example and turn a few tables in our legislative temples.

2 Comments

  1. “Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

    (John Adams, 1798)

    Legislating morality. Legislating immorality. I have often wondered if both can cause severe problems.
    However, I do believe that our constitution and our laws are based in Judeo-Christian Morals, and this is the foundation for our basic tenents of a society based on free will. But once we begin to legislate those tenents specifically, do we take that free will and choice to do the right thing away from the individual?
    Our social contract between individuals and those whom we elect with our consent to represent us will fail if we stray away from the morals of our western heritage.
    Of course, as always I oversimplify everything, but the 10 commandments is simple enough for me to understand, wheras the laws of leviticus or sharia law would perplex my little p-brane to no end. Without the 10 commandments, our basic social contract would collapse into some kind of nanny state, which would not allow for free will. Thanks for opening up some thoughts that I put on the back burner… this will probably bug my mind for a few days, now…

  2. I think you’ve got it. As the quote says, the Constitution is inadequate for an secular and immoral people. It’s a balance situation, as our nation strays from actually living Judeo-Christian morals, more laws have to be enacted to control bad behavior. The end result is a police state.

    My pea-brain has me scratching my head to list all 10, so I am glad that Christ wrapped things up into just 2.

    ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is the God of the living, not of the dead.” When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching. When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together, and one of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to trap him with a question. “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
    (Matthew 22:32-40)

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