Can You Legislate Ethics etc…?
How often have we seen politicians and others invoke their faith, yet when we look at their political lives or their lives in service to the church we nod our heads in disgust? How many times have we hung our heads in a sense of defeat at how those in political and religious places on high have committed all manner of sin and transgression, in the case of politicians broken all kinds of laws that if we did the same thing, we would be crucified for, yet they skate off into the sunset untouched? How many times do we see that laws do exist such as immigration laws, yet they are ignored, or not enforced? Laws do exist to try and hold us to standards of good conduct etc.. and they should, but can laws alone truly make us an ethical moral society, one of true integrity, abundance, prosperity? It seems not from the look of things. Why not, why don’t laws alone work?
The law alone can’t do two very important things, educate and change hearts. Those two things are very important. To educate for example on the foundations of America, including the important role the Christian faith played in it and Western civilization you have to have people open their hearts. Once the hearts are open, then you can provide accurate education about the history of the nation, of the faith and so much more. You can also come to an understanding of how to create balance of law and order with empathy, with the discernment that it is best to teach how to fish rather than provide the fish directly, and such. Having laws, a framework to encourage ethics, integrity etc.. is important, necessary, and enforcement of those laws is also crucial, but that alone won’t do it. It has to go much deeper, which is why civics, literature studies, the classics, debate and critical thinking teaching used to all be an integral part of education, of formation of youth in schools. The law does serve to restrain the heartless as MLK aptly put it, so again we do require laws and we do require law and order, national sovereignty, even individual sovereignty, responsibility for our actions etc… It is also imperative that hearts and souls be transformed to where day to day living is based on a foundation of objective moral ethical truths and integrity, for individuals and societies to thrive. Without that, the law alone is not going to be enough, will never be enough, never.
Shalom and Amen