Must morality be tied to Christianity in a nation?


By BibleAsk Team

Morality and Christianity

Secular humanist teach that any nation can have morality without Christianity. These strive to remove Christianity from the public sector claiming that morality stands apart from religion. The truth is that the Creator of the human race is the Source of all morality. Otherwise, morality would be the creation of humans and consequently, it will vary greatly as each person decides to be his own god and do what is good in his own eyes. The result of this thinking would be anarchy.

In America, for example, George Washington (after serving as a president) canceled the idea of morality without Christianity in his farewell address to the nation:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric? (1796, emp. added).

America was built on the moral principles of Christianity. To give up the Christian faith is to give up the moral principles that are taught in that faith. If we remove Christian morality out of America, then we lose the freedoms and rights we have today, which are taught in the God’s Word. These morals are the reason why America rose to be a great nation in a short time.

Once these Christian principles are erased, America will experience a great fall. Once the citizens give up the rights of people that are given by the Creator, this land will no longer be the land for the free. The wise man states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Nations are given a time of probation to see whether they will obey the divine plan or not. When they reject God’s ways, they invite disasters.

Conditional Promises

The Lord calls His people saying, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). God’s wish for the wicked is that they should  repent of their evil, and turn to Him and live. He takes no delight in the injury and death of the wicked, and calls upon them to forsake their crooked ways and turn from their transgressions, that iniquity shall not be their ruin (Isaiah 1:18–20; Jeremiah 25:5; Hosea 6:1).

God asks for obedience and blesses those who are faithful to His commands. But His promises are conditional. He cannot bless those who reject to walk in the way of duty (Kings 9:4). The way of obedience to God’s law leads to life, success, peace, and prosperity (Proverbs 3:1, 2). But the upholding of morality in a nation should not be executed by civil law. This will be against God’s will for the freedom of man to chose his own decisions and be responsible for their outcome.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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