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Letter to the Editor: Society needs to re-embrace morality

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

It has been said Benjamin Franklin, upon exiting the 1787 Constitutional Convention, was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His reply, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The founding fathers recognized religion and morality were needed to form the foundation upon which this new republic would rest. For example, President George Washington said in his 1796 farewell address:

“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.”

John Adams, the second president of the United States, wrote in 1798:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. ... Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Two hundred plus years later it seems we are living in the founding father’s worst nightmare.

Our society is unbridled by morality and religion. So will we be able to keep our republic and the freedoms we so enjoy? I doubt it, unless we the people change.

If we do not realize what damage we are doing to our republic by living immoral lives and pushing religion out of our lives, our children will have to bear the consequences of our immoral, irreligious choices.

People may not see a need for attending worship services on Sunday, but they are missing out on basic Bible teachings that will, if listened to, keep one on a moral track.

Jeremiah the prophet was grieving for his people and wrote the following by inspiration:

Jeremiah 8:5 — “Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding?”

10:23 — “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”

Those who think they know how to be happy without organized religion and moral thoughts/behavior are only fooling themselves and making things harder for themselves and generations to follow.

As 2018 comes to an end, my prayer is that each of us will make a decision to attend worship on Sunday and set aside personal time to study the Bible.

Church buildings are filled with imperfect people, some even immoral, but at least we are trying to learn to do better.

Thank you for allowing me in your home this year.

Julia Manning

Spring Hope

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