(This essay by Martin Selbrede first appeared in this month’s Chalcedon newsletter, Arise & Build.)
We never seem to get anywhere with our politics, do we? Could it be that that’s because “Our problems aren’t political, they’re moral”?
And trying to apply immoral solutions to moral problems is like trying to treat opioid addiction by giving the patient more opioids. Oops. That’s what we’re doing, isn’t it? How’s that working out for us?
What could be simpler than God’s law? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. But this is the law we disobey.
As citizens of a constitutional republic, we enjoy great privileges that are not known to people living under, say, a socialist dictatorship. We do have a calling to preserve our heritage. But please note how we’ve let the most important part of that heritage slip away!
John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” By allowing ourselves to slip into a state of moral imbecility, we render our government inadequate! And we keep on playing whack-a-mole with the ensuing political problems–which are really moral problems, but we don’t want to hear that.