Here is my issue with social conservatives and the religious right. Those of you who think that all will be well and we will be a moral nation if we can just get laws on the books making it illegal to do the things you think God frowns on. Those of you who insist on dry counties or Blue Laws or any number of other hot button issues. Do you really want the State doing what you are too cowardly to do for yourself? Why don’t you braid your own whips? Why must it be the State that puts a gun to unbelievers (or insufficient believers) heads? Why don’t you walk into a bar yourself and demand an end to Demon Rum with your own shotgun rather than cowardly demanding the State use law enforcement to deprive your neighbors of the right of free will that Jesus Christ Himself never sought to deny to mankind?
Let me ask you to try this mental exercise out for yourself. Assume the entire social conservative platform was adopted as the law of the land, everything you want is in place and there is perfect enforcement. There are no abortions in the land, no drunkenness, no drug use. Not because the hearts of Americans have been changed, but because they fear the boot of the police if they do not comply. Would God still consider this a moral nation, just because those activities are not taking place? Does He not discern between the action not taken out of fear and the lack of desire to do evil because of a changed heart? And, if He does, what use is it to use the fear of the State to achieve outward morality? Have you not simply used other people’s money and force to white-wash the tomb to a higher degree than the Pharisees ever dreamed?
I don’t like evil either, nor am I afraid to call it evil to it’s face. But damned if I will vote to give the State, perhaps the highest of evils, the power and resources to do what I will not do myself. Especially given the track record of attempts to legislate morality. Go vote this year however you want, but if you really want a moral nation, get out of your church and off your ass and BE Christ to someone you don’t like or who scares you or who is “strange”. You think God is displeased with the immorality of this nation? Think how pissed He is at the lukewarmness of His Church.