“Where There is No Religion, There Will Be No Morals”
On this question, the American Founders were explicit: Virtue is a necessary pre-condition for democracy, and religion is a necessary pre-condition for virtue. In his Farewell Address, George Washington famously said that “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Benjamin Rush said simply, “Where there is no religion, there will be no morals.”——-from Newt Gingrich letter, 12/30/2008
This is the wisdom of two of our founding fathers, men who had experienced enough of life in the Old World to know that there must be a better way. They were men willing to take risks to start a new country, with principles of religious freedom and laws guaranteeing the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all men who were endowed by their Creator with these certain unalienable rights. Can you imagine the responsibility of that? Starting a new country…setting up a new government…writing new laws? Virtue is a necessary pre-condition for democracy, because virtue guarantees that the rights of others will be respected. “Democracy” puts it into laws, but virtue sees and causes the enforcement of those laws for the good of all.
Lately we seem to be calling wrong, right, and right, wrong. We see this in the belittling of Christians who believe the Bible and say that abortion is murder and homosexuality is an abomination to God. These beliefs are based on what the Bible says regarding these issues. The people didn’t make it up, they are merely siding with the God of the bible, agreeing that God really does know what is best. There are groups wanting to create new “rights”, such as the right for two people of the same sex to marry. What about bi-sexual people? Can they “marry”? What about other groups that deviate from the traditional definition? What will you tell them? Once the definition of marriage that has been around from the beginning of time is broken down, where do we stop? Some days when I get up, I am surprised that we still care about crime, even blue collar crime like what Illinois Governor Blagoevich has been accused of. I rejoice in it, but I’m still surprised. I really was amazed at the reaction of Washington to it because I’m sure there are many of them who are guilty of so many similar criminal actions themselves.
I believe that what goes around comes around…and with interest. That too is from the bible. It is a spiritual law and operates whether anyone believes it or not. And where does virtue come from? How do we know what is right and wrong? There is a conscience in the heart of man that talks to him. Again, the bible also tells us what is right and wrong. There are other religious books out there probably worthy of mention, but I am not a reader of those, so I cannot recommend them.
In our world today we see a “pushing” at the boundary lines of traditional right and wrong as well as the laws of our nation. People are throwing off restraint in greater numbers. In the 1960’s there was a mass movement…tune in and drop out..if it feels good do it. I’m sure none of us would deliberately train our children this way.
We are a nation that believes in freedom. We are free to live as we please, as long as we do not harm others. But that freedom has a price. A price was paid to achieve it at the founding of our nation. A price is paid to maintain it every time its principles are challenged. A price will be required to keep it today. The principles of freedom are being challenged in our country more than I have ever seen in my short years of life on this earth. There is a high price to pay for living right…and an even higher price to pay for living badly. Which will our nation choose? I know what I choose. What do you choose?
I love what Newt said about virtue in the paragraph above…it does take virtue to maintain a democracy, because you have to be interested in living right and caring about other people. My sidebar has a quote from John Adams…”Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” There is a loud and pushy far left who aren’t interested in virtue and morals. They aren’t interested in religion and democracy. They wish to turn over our foundations and make America into something completely different. They hate our country the way it is. My invitation to them is…they are welcome to go live somewhere else if they hate what we have. But America needs to stay America the great, the beautiful. If America is so bad, why are so many people wanting to come live here, even illegally? I think the truth is, America is not bad; it’s not like these far left say. America has given and still gives other nations hope and help. There’s a reason for our greatness and it is our foundations, the vision and wisdom of the great men who founded our country. I believe God was with them and I believe God helped them set up our system of government. America stays great because its people are willing to sacrifice to keep it great. Our country and its system of government has been good to us. Let’s not let the far left trash our Constitution, our country and our way of life.