Legislating Morality

For as long as I can remember I’ve been hearing liberals tell me, “You can’t legislate morality”. Years ago I just believed they were naive, but sincere. Yet, at some point sincere naivete becomes promotion of evil. Some will say that statement is too harsh, but I find I no longer care. One of the primary functions of the Biblical prophets was to send a message to people that had completely lost their moral compass. Isaiah 5:20 describes these people:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (ESV)

I was driving home earlier this afternoon with my son after, ironically, taking him to the doctor. We’d just picked up dinner and were on the main road near my house when I pulled in behind a newer sedan. On the back of the car were two bumper stickers. The one on the right was the familiar Obama ’08 that most of you still see around town. It was the sticker on the left that caught my eye. Simple white text on a medium blue background boldly declared,


I completely lost it. I yelled, as loud as I could a statement that I cannot repeat on this forum. Suffice it to say that it questioned his parentage with a common adjective thrown in. My son had to ask two or three times if I was ok while I used every bit of self-control I had to prevent me from crushing his bumper into the engine compartment with my SUV.

When I was again able to speak, I told my son what had upset me so much. He then said he didn’t really understand what it meant, so I proceeded to explain that what the person driving the car was saying is this,

Not providing free healthcare for everyone is immoral, but infanticide is just a woman’s choice

The liberals were never really complaining that we were trying to legislate morality. What really bothered them was that they thought we were trying to legislate our morality. Yet they seem to have no problem legislating their own morality. FOCA, Cap and Trade, Offshore Taxes are just a few of the issues liberal legislators will be taking up during the next year, all of which will make life more difficult for all of us…especially the poor and disadvantaged what we’re always told are neglected by conservatives.

One other thing I noticed was the driver of the car. I of course expected some young hippie type, but when I pulled up next to the car I noticed that it was gray-haired man. We’ve become a society that is willing to give up the freedoms of others to have our own needs(wants) addressed. We want government to give us what we want, when we want it, and in abundance, regardless of the current or future consequences, and regardless of the true morality of what is at stake. No longer is it the moral choice to work hard and provide for ourselves, it’s much better to make others work hard and provide for whatever we want. There’s another scriptural reference that refers to our current state,

…Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25b ESV)

The question is not whether morality will be legislated, but rather whose morality will be.