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.