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Judeo-Christian Morality and Societal Health

Laura Hollis on

Our politicians pitch envy and covetousness 24/7. They produce nothing but justify their existence by taking from those who do produce and dispensing largesse to those whose helplessness and resentment they helped create.

Even "racism" -- now the go-to accusation for every conceivable wrong in American society -- has become besmirched with lies.

Great preachers against the evils of true racism, like William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King Jr., pointed to the Word of God as the source of truth about racism and the remedy therefore. In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ tells us the greatest of the commandments: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

So simple. But reliance on those straightforward statements would mean acknowledging the sovereignty of God and the potential for evil in every human heart, regardless of the skin color of the body in which it beats.

Today's prophets of "anti-racism" preach instead a utopia that will be made possible by the creation of a society structured according to their worldviews. Like those who professed to speak for the pagan gods of old, these modern-day mouthpieces acquire wealth, fame, power and prestige -- book deals, speaking tours, faculty positions at esteemed universities -- by demanding that people listen only to them; sacrifice all property and possessions and positions to them; and reorder society according to their demands.

 

The societal upheaval we are witnessing is more a consequence than a punishment. A loving God tells us the rules that will ensure our individual and collective flourishing, and asks that we abide by them. When we refuse to, we reap the negative consequences.

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