Why do Christians try to get morality put into law?

There are times that people will ask, “Since we live in a pluralistic society in our country, why do Christians try to get their morality put into law?” Or they will ask, “Why do Christians back certain candidates for office?”

The answers to these questions involve much Bible study and a knowledge of the Word. As we read the history of Israel in the Old Testament, we see that Israel either flourished or languished depending on the leadership that was present. When Israel had a leader that “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,” the Lord blessed Israel. On the other hand, when the leadership was sinful, Israel suffered under the hand of God, and became all the more sinful as a nation.

As long as Israel obeyed the Lord, the promise to Israel in Deuteronomy 28 was one of blessing. However, almost twice as much of that chapter speaks of the cursing that would come upon the land when it chose to disobey the Lord. In other words, the nation was dealt with according to its moral conduct, with that conduct being measured by the law of the Lord. Since we are told in I Cor. 10:11 “And all these things happened to them as examples; and it is written for our warning on whom the ends of the world have come, ” we need to heed the warning! God says, in essence, “Obey my law and be blessed, but disobey my law and be cursed!”

It follows to reason, that a person who studies and believes the Bible would want godly leaders in office and God’s law as the rule of the land. It is not a matter of legislating morality. Every ruling body legislates some kind of morality, but it is a matter of accepting God’s law as the authority for our lives and the law for our land. That does not mean that every person in the land must be a Bible believing Christian, or attend a Bible believing church. (However, it would be wonderful if everyone did.) It does mean however, that when God has spoken about a matter, we must accept His Word as final.

Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world stand in awe of Him.

9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood.

10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He breaks the plots of the people.

11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; the people He has chosen for His inheritance.

13 The LORD looks down from Heaven; He beholds all the sons of mankind.

14 From His dwelling place He looks on all the people of the earth.

15 Together He forms their hearts; His understanding is to all their works.

16 The king is not saved by a great army; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

17 A horse is a vain thing for safety; neither shall he deliver by his great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is to those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy;

19 to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we trust in His holy name.

22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be on us, according as we hope in You.

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