Letter to the Editor: Churches must confront moral crisis


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Those who know American history know that our Constitution was written by principled men who reasoned from the Scriptures precepts of government never before put into practice by any nation except possibly Israel.

The basic assumption in the Constitution is that these precepts were understood and practiced by Christian citizens who knew and followed the Ten Commandments. The Ten commandments include instructions to worship only God, to love one’s neighbor as oneself, to honor one’s parents, to keep the Sabbath day holy, as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, and coveting.

These moral precepts were given by God for the peace and well-being of individuals and their society. In today’s public and private life, we see flagrant and unabashed violation of such laws. This is more than just private and political conduct, it is a war of Good versus Evil. It is a spiritual battle for the soul of America.

If this is a battle for the soul of America, where is the Christian church today? Last week legislators in New York triumphantly applauded the passage of legislation legalizing murder of infants right up to birth. Even Rowe versus Wade prohibits this. Thursday the governor of Virginia, a pediatric surgeon, in measured tones, defended the bill that allows for an infant born alive to be euthanized for the convenience of the mother. The legislature did not pass this bill.

But where was the Church this Sunday? Who will defend the defenseless?

Where is the outrage against such violations of human life, the right to live? Where is the call for our nation to enforce its moral law?

This is a call for the Church at least to insist on her own commitment to these moral laws.

One man, Martin Luther, brought the Western world out of the Dark Ages. A British composer wrote this hymn we must heed today, “Rise up, O men of God, have done with lesser things!” Not just the Church but everyone with a conscience needs to rise up against this assault on our cherished way of life.

Janice Gravely

Rocky Mount