I am convinced of the following: (1) Conservatives see the Bible as it is, the incorruptible Word of God, and believe that public policy should be based on Biblical Principles.  (2) Liberals have a tendency to twist and take out of context various verses of the Bible to make it say what they want it to say.  (3) Moderates seem to favor moral relativism (let the people do what they want, just as long as they do not hurt anyone else).  I am sure that those with moderate to liberal point of views have good intentions, however, the fact is there is only one source of Truth and it should not be altered to fit certain lifestyles.  Most, if not all, Christians have found ourselves adjusting our beliefs to go along with the world’s values and making deals with God.  In Criminal Justice Today, Frank Schmalleger points out that, “many critics of the present system claim that courts at all levels have become so concerned with procedure and with sets of formalized rules that they have lost sight of the truth.”  Sir William Blackstone wrote Commentaries on the Law of England, which came to the colonies and became greatly influential in designing the American legal system.  Blackstone said there were only two foundations for law, that of nature and that of revelation via the Holy Scripture.  If you are not tethered to the truth that there is right and wrong and everyone is accountable for their actions, you can get sucked into a moral black hole where anything is allowed and standards are no longer fixed.  This leads to loss of morale, loss of conscience, and a state of hateful lawlessness even among “the good guys.”  This is a problem that applies to society in general, especially with Christians.  There are way too many people who focus on law itself, which is legalism, rather than concentrate on people.  Agnostics and atheists stand stronger in their beliefs because they have had bad experiences with Christians.  I am not suggesting that we not focus on God’s Law, because His Law is made for our good.  John 14:15-17 states: "If you love me, you will obey my commands.  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.”  In Deuteronomy, God tells his children to remember who loves you, to remember what matters, and to remember what is right and what is wrong.  Laws created by man should strive to emulate the laws of God.  Only men of clear moral vision should judge and lead society.  With that being said, there needs to be a carefully combined practice for Christians to follow.  In Hebrews 10:24-25 and Philippians 1:27, we read, “Encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds, meeting together, struggling side by side to get others to believe the Good News!”  Later on we read in Philippians 2:12-13 that as a result of being saved, we obey God with deep reverence and shrink back from all that might displease him.  It is said that 98% of people follow the 2% of people that shape culture.  Christians are called to perform a “prophetic” role in modern-day culture.  In both the Old and New Testaments, prophets were charged by God to deliver important messages to their generation.  They served as God’s conscience to their people.  In addition to speaking, they often demonstrated their messages to the culture in which they lived.  They were like walking, talking billboards placed at key intersections in their nation to relay God’s messages.  Christians are called to act and believe as though each one of us has a prophetic assignment to the nation that begins right where we live and work.  We have been assigned to speak and live out the truths of God.  It is important to remember that everyone is always learning, growing, and changing, becoming the kind of people we choose to be. 

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