There was a time when America looked to its houses of worship and preachers of righteousness for guidance. Today too many Christian leaders will not speak with a moral voice to political issues, condemn corrupt leaders, or endorse political candidates who espouse our values. Our government has intimidated them into silence, denying our citizens a much needed moral compass. It has been replaced instead with a vacillating standard of morality that is based on whatever direction the prevailing political wind is blowing. As a result, we elect enemies of our common virtue.
A moral government founded in religious principle is our heritage.
John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers…” and he emphasized that we must exercise that choice by electing people who reflect our values and reflect our morality. He was very specific…he said we should elect and choose Christians for our rulers. That is what he believed true moral government was.
We are finding more and more that our government no longer reflects our values.
We are being told who we can do business with, what our labor is worth, how our children should be raised, what our children are taught, what we should believe, what we should think, what we should speak, and how we should defend ourselves and our families…and all contrary to our moral values and God-given rights. Our government is increasingly more in conflict with our values.
We as moral society lament the lack of character and morality in our leaders; we lament the trampling of our self-evident, God-given freedoms by unscrupulous politicians, and we lament the lack of moral character and values in our leadership.
But we must come to realize that we put them in office, we voted for them, and we are reaping the consequences of our actions. We have been fooled into believing that certain party platforms are moral and we should vote for all who belong to that party.
Speaking for myself, I have been fooled one too many times to believe that anymore, friends. I find my values in the Holy Bible, not a party platform. I will not vote for anyone who does not reflect them, even if that means leaving a ballot blank…and I will trust in God for the outcome.
Government should not be a personality contest. It should not be about likeability. It should not be about wealth. It should not be about a political party. It should be about values, it should be about morality, it should be about trust, it should be about integrity, it should be about faith. It should be about giving our nation back to the Providential Hand of Almighty God. As Washington said:
“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
It is these principles which made our country great and free…and it is these principles to which we must return.