ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
YOU CAN’T LEGISLATE MORALITY
Have you heard this before? When one gives it some thought, it is a foolish statement. What is the purpose of law? Is it not to protect citizens from immoral acts by criminal (anti-social) elements in society? Is it not immoral to steal, murder, embezzle, strip naked and run through the mall, yell "fire" in a crowded theatre, bum down city hall, and get mad and hit the referee if you disagree with a call? Those who make this argument in favor of gambling would not think of same logic to child abuse, murder, or rape. None of us would want to live in a society that did not legislate morality.
It is amazing that some government officials now encourage the weaknesses or addictions of its citizens. Gambling makes government dependent on the weaknesses rather than the strengths of its citizens. Norman Geisler has correctly observed that when "a community bases its funding on the weaknesses of its people, rather than on their strengths, it erodes its own character."
One has to wonder why states do not encourage citizens to engage in drug use since these extra taxes could "fund schools" and "lower taxes." It is the responsibility of government to encourage its citizens to spend their money wisely. This is why the government publishes consumer information and punishes consumer fraud.
Obviously, the question is not whether morality should be legislated but rather whose morality should be legislated. A segment of our society wants to embrace a system of ethics divorced from the Judeo-Christian roots of the past. Should God's Word, and the traditions of a quarter of a millennium, be considered? The majority of our citizens still believe in the Creator and in the Bible as His Word (Gen. 1:1, 26; 2 Tim. 2:15).
Please use your influence to help us keep this "one nation under God."