Monday, June 29, 2009

Religious Values and Government

By Tom Moore

The second President of the United States, John Adams, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for a government of any other.” In other words, unless we abide by biblical principles the Constitution will not function properly. Is John Adams right? Can our society survive without a biblically based faith? There are many who would say that religion does not have the influence it once had. That may be true. But they go on to say that religion is no longer relevant, that is, not necessary to creating a good world, but there are no absolutes, no objective truth. The former Governor of Minnesota, Jessie Ventura, said, “Religion is for those weak in mind.” Was he right?

Say you are walking down an alley at 11:00 p.m. in New York, Miami, or Los Angeles. The dim streetlights illumine your car 300 yards away. Suddenly you see ten young men wearing leather jackets swaggering down the alley toward you. Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if you knew that those young men had just come out of a Bible study? In spite of what they say in polls, on the most practical level, people acknowledge religion’s positive influence.

Our society cannot exist without Christianity. This is why Solomon declared, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to my people” (Prov. 14:34).

–Tom Moore, Temple, TX; via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted at - You may also visit their website at

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