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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Who Will Save Us?

I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “You can’t legislate morality.” Yes? It’s kind of silly, when you think about it. We can and do legislate morality all the time. There are hundreds if not thousands of laws on the books attempting to do exactly that - legislate morality.

And, if your country is made up of moral people, it works quite well. However, if, as is happening even as I type, social desires slide inexorably toward immorality, then no amount of rule enforcing will make any difference.

I grew up in the 60's when the brilliant among us (and I believed them) decided that it was morality itself that was in fact destroying us. We needed a new society, the secular geniuses said, where each one of us could do exactly as we thought right in our own minds. “If you can’t be with the one you love (have sex with) baby, love the one you’re with.” Well that experiment has pretty much run its course, and your perspective on whether it’s been a success or failure depends on where you stand - morally.

Have you noticed how our Newscasts of all types are packed to the brim with accounts of corruption - increasing and unstoppable corruption? A fairly predictable response to rampant corruption is to introduce new rules. The problem of course is that new rules, old rules or any rules won’t get to the heart of the problem because, as Jesus said, the heart is the problem.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
Matthew 15:19

Hardly anybody, it seems, has even the slightest clue that integrity matters. If the government is made up of a representative sample of the general population, and the general population is corrupt. What then? If the general population is so corrupt that it believes that morality is itself immoral, who will save us from ourselves?

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