Monday, April 14, 2008

I Pledge Allegiance to God or Me

The refusal to recognize God as the absolute authority behind right and wrong will eventually cause society to destroy itself. We can see the beginnings of such disintegration in the United States as the recognition of God is increasingly pushed out of public life. The Declaration of Independence explicitly recognized God as the absolute behind law when it proposed separation from England in order to assume “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.”

With no allegiance to God, people will increasingly chip away at the restriction of law in order to gain more and more personal freedom to follow their wants and urges. The ability of law to restrain these urges will wear down, and individuals will come to have little or no allegiance to society as a whole. All their attention will be focused on themselves—their own rights, wants, and pleasures. Without the pressure of a true and absolute morality, people will lose all motivation to sacrifice personal satisfaction for duty to others.

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