November 25, 2018

You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself any carved image…for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbors.

– Exodus 20:1-17

Legislatures make laws. It’s what they do. And all those laws are based on somebody’s view of morality. They’re passed in order to protect people from being taken advantage of, from abuse or mistreatment, or even from unlawful death. And yet, how many times have Christians heard the argument that you cannot legislate morality? It’s true that we cannot force anyone to believe in moral principles, but we can certainly call for laws to protect the innocent, the weak, and the most basic of human rights. For instance, shouldn’t there be laws against rape? Or stealing? Or how about laws against prostitution, narcotics, and child pornography? Of course there should be legislation against those things and there are; but don’t these laws legislate morality?

All societies base their laws on somebody’s view of morality. So, anyone who argues that Christians shouldn’t let our moral beliefs influence society as a whole, is not only speaking an untruth about Christian influence, but is also speaking an untruth about society in general.

True morality comes from God. We are ALL made in His image, and unlike every other creation, mankind has a sense of morality – a sense of right and wrong. In that light, can you find a higher moral guide than that of Jesus and His Word?


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