Legislating Morality Is Happening Now, It's Time Christianity Arose

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In the chaos that is 21st century American life and politics both the left and right argue that their view, policies, leadership is best for America.  So as far as I know, no one is out there campaigning for what is bad for America.  So let’s give both sides the benefit of the doubt and concede that “their hearts are in the right place.”  Yet, the two sides seem to have very different starting points with respect to God’s role in governance.  The Libertarians confuse this, by seemingly being aligned to the right, but espousing a left wing mantra against God at the governing table. 

To begin this discussion it is important to realize that morality is already legislated; whether one likes it or not.  Law sets, or reflects the standard for behavior of humans in a given condition.  By its very nature, law establishes right and wrong, where wrong behavior is punishable.  The exercise of government authority and power is used to forcibly shape behavior should an individual or group not comply with the law.  Issues like prostitution, gambling, pornography, public expressions of foul language, abortion, gay rights and homosexuality, stealing, murder, rape, bigamy, bestiality, etc. are all areas of interest to the law.   To argue that law should

not legislate morality is a thought without reality or weight, and should therefore be allowed to float off into the universe to rest in the great vacuum of nothingness.

But what is the right place?  How do you determine right from wrong?  Why is something right or wrong?  And in a nation where “the people” are supposed to be the final arbiter, how does one limit the harm fashion trends can do?  What harm you say?  Suppose someone related to you had the power to terminate your life.  Suppose that designated person could, in a simple impulse order your termination, and it would be done.  No appeal, no outside force having to confirm that person’s decision.  Nope, the appropriate person decides and you are gone.  That simple, that quick.

Mark, that’s not America.  Can’t happen here.  We have the Constitution, and we have unalienable rights expressed in the Declaration of the Independence.  And the declaration says unequivocally that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Whew, I am glad it says that.  Wouldn’t want one person to have the unchallenged right to kill me. 

But then there’s that abortion issue.  55 million Americans have lost their lives to the decision of one person.  No crime, no court, just a simple decision, you die.  And it’s over. 

And this isn’t the first time Americans have been unable to see right from wrong.  A nation dedicated to liberty and equality also accepted slavery at its birth.  Compromises were made, profits counted and morality set aside.  While Americans can strive to be a better human being, in the end our history illustrates we are still humans, not divine. We can make terrible mistakes, we can be so wrong in our course.  If our rights are self-evident, so is our imperfection.

Interestingly, Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America in a speech about the annexation of Texas said, “I am no defender of slavery in the abstract. I would

rejoice to see all the sons of Adam’s family

in the enjoyment of those rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence as natural and inalienable, if stern necessity, bearing the impress of the Creator, did not in some cases prevent.”    Stephens was a complex man, who while he was for expansion westward, he opposed imperialism and the war with Mexico to come.

Even here in this statement, where the Bible is quoted on both sides of the issue, man is unable to divine right from wrong.  On the one hand Stephens sees liberty as a gift from God given to all people.  But then, somehow sees slavery as allowed by God.

Simply put, we are not wise enough to establish right and wrong.  And we don’t have to, God has already done that for us in the Bible.    

This paper will present six different “lines of thought” in favor of using the Christian Bible as the foundation for American law regarding questions that border on , or are morality based.  The arguments will address;

a. the Christian Bible is accepted by a large majority of the American people as

the moral guide

for their life.  The very essence of the United States government model  is to mirror or reflect the enlightened “will of the people” within the constraints of the Constitution.

b. perspective, a holistic approach towards life, nationhood, and framing how the nation sees itself, its role, where it came from,

c. establishment a living environment that facilitates the development of each individual’s potential,

d a stable, certain establishment of boundaries on human behavior that is less influenced by human fashions, trends, experiments.

e. establishes a social environment complimentary and supportive of the proper upbringing of children

f. establishes a standard of conduct which lifts the human spirit and should improve the living conditions of all citizens.

The Bible as a national moral guide

First, the government of the United States is supposed to reflect the people, the citizens.  It should not be in contradiction of the people; it should pose or fabricate issues or challenges to the people.  Within the guidelines of the Constitution, the laws of the United States should reflect the will of the will of the people.  A recent Gallup poll in December 2012 reports that >75.2% of Americans

identify themselves as Christian (If you count the Mormons the number moves above 77%.) .  Clearly well above the two thirds required for amending the Constitution, in this case the super majority merely reflects the continuance of an American bedrock element in its national identity.

Before we move on, it is important to note that when a person identifies themself as a Christian they are making some very important declarations.  First, they are saying I do believe in God, and I do believe Jesus is our Savior.  There is no more central question about a person’s self-identification of who they are.  To say you believe in God recognizes that there is a superior being, and that that being created all.  To say one is a Christian recognizes Christ, and the four Gospels.  It proclaims a connection between mankind and God, and that mankind is NOT God.    In the poll the number of people who reported they do believe in God including Mormons, Jews, and Moslems and others takes that number to above 80% of Americans.

What is interesting is that despite this huge majority of Americans of who profess a belief in a divine being, there has been a surge of social engineering since the 1950’s that have attempted to excommunicate the American people from their God.  The First Amendment adopted to protect the very right to live one’s faith has been used to separate both the government and the people from their God! 

Perspective 

Would anyone question whether the belief in God changes or sets the perspective of an individual or group?  How much does it affect how a person thinks?  The answer rests in the depth of one’s faith.  Some people believe so much in God that it affects which schools they attend, whether they take certain medical procedures, what foods they eat, what days they are off!  For example, in America, a Christian nation, Sunday has been a day of rest from settlement of the colonies. 

But faith in God also shapes whose responsible for what, what a family is, even where rights come from!  As is stated in the Declaration of Independence where Nature’s God is cited, and the Creator is cited as the source of inalienable rights.

It should be enough to say that whether you believe in God, or not may be one of a very few basic points of commonality necessary for working in partnership through the wide spectrum of activity that is humanity.

The importance of a Christian living environment 

An article I wrote some time ago, [link edited for length]  might be of help with the importance of “perspective”.

Since childhood we have been repeatedly told by social engineers, psychologists and educators the importance of “Peer pressure” in shaping student behavior.  I would go further to say that peer pressure is central to shaping what is acceptable behavior.  If you accept this premise, than whether Christianity is an ever present reality in daily life or not, is as forceful a behavior modifier as any other form of peer pressure. 

But it goes further than that.

Back to the 75% of the population.  In this population are the great majority of parents and children.  Since our society does rightly place the responsibility for raising children on the parents, it would seem only common sense that law, and public education should be a reinforcement of the values taught at home.  When the public education system teaches values or morality that is different from what is taught at home, it sets up an opportunity for mischief within the child.  For the child it is a clear opportunity to disagree with the parents and use the school district, or law to say that mom and dad you must be wrong.  This contradiction in right and wrong may weaken the position of the parents, and even the role of the family.

It is this disconnect between faith and social behavior that is tearing part the American character.  While some might argue that this is merely diversity, I would reply, would you want your children to associate with murderers and rapists to further diversity?  The human mind is clearly strong enough to allow each individual to think for him/herself and therefore create a level of diversity.  But, to directly attack one’s faith in the classroom, and not provide equal time for a rebuttal is just a means of peer pressure and social conditioning absent God.

Further, an environment that reflects the Christianity of the 75% of its residents sets a positive, “you can do anything with God.”  It sets a high standard for personal charitable actions.  It is this Christian environment that takes social programs away from the government, and returns them to the church and family.  It helps bind the community through interpersonal relationships and through personal decisions to help people.  

Christianity acts as a stable, timeless set of values 

It is difficult for young people to understand that life is a series of decisions and consequences.  In one respect they may learn that as early high school when the efforts they make in the classroom, or the sports field, or with music than affects their choices for school, or other adventures.  But, even when they do realize the connection between effort and opportunity, it still is just a simple example.  For most children, it is unlikely they know or can connect their parents’ childhood with how their parents act today.

Be that as it may, the point is that the actions have repercussions.  Also, that there are decisions to make, and that having a guide to help in making the decisions can be very effective in keeping doors open, and not stepping on to a slippery slope that leads from a good life to tragedy.

One thing I have learned about life is that it is a series of facing the rules.  At some point a rule is faced, and the child will either turn away accepting the rule, or they will break through the rule and set a new boundary for their behavior.  If the first rules faced are both enforceable and relatively minor in their character…should the child break the rule, there will be little real life consequence.  However, if the first rule faced concerns pre-marital sex, and the rule is broken the consequences can be huge.

Christianity provides a guide of rules.  A guide based on timeless human behavior and an understanding that each of us knows original sin, and is capable of making a decision for sin.  Christianity is fair.  It does not pick one type behavior, but allow another.  Some homosexuals may say that’s wrong, that they are targeted.  I would suggest those men don’t know the constant temptation of straight men, and the daily denials that must be made.

Christianity is not a program for perfection.  Christianity is based on the reality that God had to manifest Himself on earth in order to provide a means for a human to deal with his own imperfection and realize that his own imperfection is not a barrier to heaven.

Christianity is not based on race, or gender.  It does not create classes of people.  In fact, it is the basis for equality.  Since Christians believe that God is in every human being, each person must be treated and respected as a vessel of God.  If you are Christian you realize this is one of the basic foundations for how you treat people, all people.  

Christian influence in the establishing of human behavior removes many of humanity’s chief weaknesses.  And it was here when the colonies were settled and the nation founded.  While some churches change in their interpretation of the Bible, the Bible itself remains constant.

A harmonious integrated greater environment for child raising 

Should children be placed in a situation where right is differently defined by their parents and their community? 

Another article written in 2012, >Perspective is what is wrong with American Education

  attempted to highlight why American education is failing.

Ask yourself this question; Are you more valuable as a result of chance evolution that when you die you are dust, or are you more valuable as a specific act of an Almighty God who knew you before you were born?  Which group of people do you think would have more suicides, more drug use, more personal failure?

It would amaze most atheists, school administrators and teachers to learn that the very first property tax bill to build a public school cited reading the Bible as the sole purpose for the school, and thus the tax!  So you see, Christ was there at the birth of public education in America.

I could argue that there needs to be more effort to include Christian morality in public school because of the influx of illegal immigrants from Catholic nations in South America, and because of the effects of the diversity campaign that has worked to shatter the American Way.

Christianity is about developing each individual…an American dream 

Christianity is eternally optimistic.  When you hear the story of Christ on the Cross, and his promise to the repentant criminals that he would be in Paradise with Christ on that day, it is impossible not to recognize the optimism of the faith.

Whether you believe or not, take a moment … just a moment to consider that you might be wrong.  There might be one all-powerful God who created everything there is, and who knows you personally.  Now imagine that God sent Himself to earth, to offer Himself as the sacrifice for your imperfection, so that you might join Him in Heaven. 

Can anything mean more with respect to your value as a person?  And since God is all powerful, and since there is a written history that demonstrates the power and success He can provide to you, and to what you are trying to accomplish, would it not seem a theology almost designed for the American Way where each citizen is important.  How many times have we heard that it is the struggle, the unwillingness to quit, the ingenuity to try something different that is the essence of success?

So isn’t Christianity the perfect spiritual tonic for a nation that does best when its individual citizens excel as a result of their own effort!

Morality is not just a “don’t do” list, it is a code to live by, it is the central point from which all decisions are made by each individual.  Christianity allows for failure, allows for weakness, and allows for imperfection.  But it articulates a hope that we grow to be more than we can. 

Some Christians as citizens are reluctant to interject their faith into their politics.  This is a mistake.  We are a nation built on your responsibility as a citizen.  You can’t be a non-participant…if you don’t participate it has its effects.  But even more, if you participate but set God aside, isn’t that serving two masters?  And don’t we know we can’t do that?

It’s time for Christians to stand up, unite, and create a party that is an open tent to sinners, but founded on its faith in God and the Holy Word.  There can be no compromise … the Bible is replete with stories of governments that turned from God.  Do we need to be the next nation in the bin of history?     

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