The Cost of Breaking the Moral Law

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Yesterday I wrote about how moral failures result in societal ills.

The socialist utopians who have been driving Western culture for the last several decades have tried desperately to believe and sell the belief that morality can be divorced from the “real world” and public policy without adverse consequences.

Yet everywhere we look (if we look), we can see that this is nothing but an absolute lie.  For instance, consider how our nation started in the 1950s making the conscious decision to reject 200 years of acknowledging God’s place in public policy and how our nation has gone downhill since them.  At Heart of Wisdom,  the publisher has copied a number of graphs from David Barton’s book  America: To Pray or Not to Pray which illustrates the decay of our nation since we officially rejected prayer in public schools.  As we have rejected absolutes and the Author of all knowledge in favor of relativism and guesswork that passes itself off as facts, we have seen test scores and academic scores plummet. As we have stopped teaching children right from wrong and about the consequences of immoral behavior, we have seen teen pregnancy rates rise along with rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  We have seen increases in broken homes and single parent homes, and with it rises in poverty.  Drug and alcohol abuse has become epidemic, and crime rates have risen.

Consider the fruits that come with one particular type of sexual immorality: homosexual behavior. A host of elevated health risks have been associated with this behavior, and the information comes from a variety of researchers and health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Homosexuals have higher risks of AIDS (the CDC says 72% of new AIDS cases are associated with homosexual behavior), gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, HPV, anal cancer, hepatitis, substance abuse, depression, suicide and domestic violence.  CDC officials have stated that the AIDS rate in homosexual men is 50 times the norm, and Chinese officials report that the AIDS rate in homosexuals if 10 times that of prostitutes. There is a heavy price to be paid for rejecting God’s standard so you can have a fleeting sexual thrill.

As a society, we are reaping the fruits of our rejection of morality, and the crop is getting more and more in-your-face. It’s little wonder British Prime Minister recently acknowledged publicly that the riots going on for days in that country at their heart stem from moral bankruptcy. Once again, we see that there is a high price to be paid for rejecting God’s standards.

Michael Ramsden, one of my favorite associates of my favorite theologian Ravi Zacharias,  spoke recently on “Just Thinking” about this issue of rejecting morality and the pain that comes with it.  On this recent broadcast about why there is suffering in the world, he said

When you have a removal of all moral standards and all moral regulation, you have a collapse of virtue. And in a society where people do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want to, you have anarchy.  And societies which are ruled by anarchy are marked out by a loss of freedom, not an increase of it.

The Biblical story about the creation of man, as we see it in Genesis, is a loving God wanted to create a loving world. He made it possible for you and I to experience and to express love one to another. And he also endowed us with a moral framework to protect and preserve that freedom. But instead of embracing both him and the framework which he gave in order to protect and preserve our freedom, we decided that we could do without him. So we rejected him and we rejected his law…

Ramsden’s statement about immorality being marked by anarchy, and anarchy by the loss of freedom, is reminiscent of a statement made by American founder Benjamin Franklin “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

Ramsden then paints the picture of a person jumping off a building as they attempt to break the law of gravity…only to hit the ground moments later in abject failure. Someone always gets hurt when we try to violate God’s moral law

Whenever you try to break God’s moral law, you end up breaking yourself while proving his law in the very process. Have you ever been lied to?  Cheated to? Have something stolen from you? Stabbed in the back by a friend? Did it hurt? Whenever we break God’s moral law, we get hurt. And an attempt to exercise true freedom and autonomy from God, we suddenly find ourselves with broken lives, living in a broken world.

If we reject the moral law personally, we pay a personal price; if we reject the moral law societally, we pay a price societally. The founders of America, as I have already pointed out, understood these principles of morality.  That understanding, and the principles upon which they established our country, are central to why the United States has enjoyed such unparalleled success, prosperity and domestic tranquility.

The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty; and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments….We waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity, by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws. – Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence

The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. – Noah Webster, founder and author of Webster’s Dictionary

Britain once understood those same principles, though to a less pure degree than that seen in America. But like America, that understanding undoubtedly contributed to the preeminence of the British Empire for several centuries.

If both our nations want to return to the success and greatness we once knew–indeed, if our crumbling nations want to survive–we must end this infantile rejection of morality and once again embrace the glue that can hold anything and everything together.

16 Responses to “The Cost of Breaking the Moral Law”

  1. Excellent essay, Bob.  It is incredible that the causation, or at least the correlation, between removal of the mention of God from our schools and public places and the exponential changes graphically demonstrated are not recognized by the Left.  It’s almost like they are well aware of the effects, but are ambivalent, if not celebratory. 

  2. Some people think we can’t ever go back to the sane (moral) way it was before it became the crazy (immoral) way it is.  I guess I’m not one of them, because I really do believe we can get back to the high ground.  Might not be an easy trip, but I believe it is a possible one.

  3. The problem, Carrie, is that America has largely, collectively lost its innocence, whether willfully or not.  Once you’ve been corrupted it’s hard to become uncorrupted, short of a supernatural miracle.  It can be done, but not without the supernatural intervention of God.

  4. Founder and signer of the Declaration John Witherspoon addressed this possibility of turning back the clock on public morality in a thanksgiving sermon in 1782:

    “In free states, where the body of the people have the supreme power securely in their own hands, and must ultimately be resorted to on all great matters, if there be a general corruption of manners, there can be nothing but confusion. So true is this, that civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue. A monarchy may subsist for ages, and be better or worse under a good or bad prince. But a republic once equally poised, must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty, and by some tumultuous revolution, either return to its first principles, or assume a more unhappy form.”

    Notice that he believes it won’t be an easy return (“tumultuous revolution”), if it happens at all (“or assume a more unhappy form”–i.e. a less free, less prosperous form of society/government).

  5. It will be difficult (which is a gross understatement), if not impossible, to restore morality to a depraved society, as America has become.

    I’m sorry to rain on any Pollyanna parade, but America is not mentioned anywhere in biblical prophecy.  Simply put, we are not a major “player” in the last days events.  America as founded is toast.  What Christians can do is continue to do what the Lord commanded us to do, to the best of our ability, and stand firm until the end.

  6. It will be difficult (which is a gross understatement), if not impossible, to restore morality to a depraved society, as America has become.

    I’m sorry to rain on any Pollyanna parade, but America is not mentioned anywhere in biblical prophecy.  Simply put, we are not a major “player” in the last days events.  America as founded is toast.  What Christians can do is continue to do what the Lord commanded us to do, to the best of our ability, and stand firm until the end.

  7. Yeah, but no one thought Pollyanna could make a difference either, but she did.  More importantly, no one thought Jesus could make a difference, but I guess they got proven wrong big time!!!

  8. I’m going to keep fighting for her until she’s on the bottom of the ocean or God makes it clear to me to throw in the towel, though.

  9. Of course!  Bob and Carrie, I am in no way suggesting we give up the fight for our country–not at all!  I continue to sound the alarm week after week, and I will not stop until I am killed or captured and put in a concentration camp–and if I’m in a camp, I still won’t stop speaking the truth!

    I just know the reality of the true chances of changing the hearts of so many wicked people in our country, who are no different than the London rioters.

    As I said, God calls us to be His witness, and to stand firm until the end, with His help.  However, nowhere does He tell us that our country will not fall.

  10. You’re right. The trend isn’t on our side, and what we know of the end from the Bible isn’t promising for America either. I’m just sayin’, if we don’t get a renewal/revival before the end, I’m going to go down fighting. 🙂

  11. Well, I’m standing firm.  If there is no hope… why are you writing for the Dakota Voice?  Why are any of us writing anything or saying anything?  If it is hopeless… what is the point?  Why don’t we just go off in our corners and wait for the end to devour us?

    I think we are writing for the Dakota Voice, and others are writing for other publications, because God is giving us another chance.  I believe He is giving us a chance to right these wrongs we have either done or allowed to be done by our silence and non-action.

    God isn’t Pollyanna — God is God and He can give us another chance if He wants too!  It’s definitely His call — not ours!

  12. Did you read my last comment?

  13. I don’t know. 

  14. The problem with losing innocence is the inevitable fallout that remains after the loss.  Illegitimate children remain largely illegitimate, and remain so even if they marry and have children of their own. How are they expected to emulate what a family is when they don’t have a model?  We are basically foundationless.

    When homosexuals adopt children and indoctrinate them in the pit of hell, how is this to be reversed?  The two sodomites will always be “parents” to them; the die is cast. 

    I see the only solution as, first, a turning back to the values which made this country great, relying upon the tutelage of what few older Americans still remain.  They are indeed a treasure to be drawn upon in this dark hour; they still have the memory of that time of sanity which the past two or three generations largely lack.  Then, sadly, we must wait for several generations to “die off” as these values continue to be instilled in newer generations.  It will be a slow, multi-generational process, which is why I don’t believe it to be probable.  We don’t have that long, and evil men wax worse and worst, as was prophesied.  It may have worked if begun earlier in the 20th century, but I fear we’ve reached the critical mass of destruction.

  15. It might take something like that…if God’s grace keeps us around long enough. Remember Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years while the faithless, unbelieving generation died off.

  16. Israel is exactly what I had in mind, Bob.  Thanks for mentioning that.

    And 40 years is about how long it took us to descend to this sewer.  How fitting.