By Pastor Tedd Mathis
Let me begin by addressing the common idea, “You can’t legislate morality.” Here’s the truth: Not only is morality supposed to be legislated, it always is. The issue is whose morality.
According to the Bible, there are three permanent institutions God has ordained to uphold or establish laws and apply them to others.
The home: Parents are to instruct and discipline their children (Eph. 6; Proverbs, etc.).
The nation: Rulers, kings, governors are ministers of God in authority over those within their boundaries (Romans 13:1-4; I Peter 2:13-17, etc.).
The church: Local churches are to give moral instruction and when necessary put members out of the church who refuse to obey what God has commanded (Matthew 18; I Cor. 5, etc.).
The question is not whether morality should or can be legislated. As moral creatures where two or more are gathered, someone will make some rules. The question is ‘Whose morality will be legislated?’ Who determines the standard of right and wrong? By what standard will dads and moms, governments, churches legislate morality?
The Christian knows the answer: God sets the standard. He has made clear from the beginning His moral code – implanting it in our minds in association with our conscience and codifying it in His written law, in summary form in the Ten Commandments.
This essay focuses on our country’s two main political parties and what they believe and promise as to how they would govern us. This essay addresses how they would legislate morality in relation to sex and marriage.
Consider this from the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform
Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized that LGBT people— like other Americans— have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done. LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, restaurants can refuse to serve transgender people, and same-sex couples are at risk of being evicted from their homes. That is unacceptable and must change. Democrats will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people. We will also fight for comprehensive federal non-discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans, to guarantee equal rights in areas such as housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education, and federal funding. We will oppose all state efforts to discriminate against LGBT individuals, including legislation that restricts the right to access public spaces. We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate. We will combat LGBT youth homelessness and improve school climates. We will support LGBT elders, ensure access to necessary health care, and protect LGBT people from violence—including ending the crisis of violence against transgender Americans. We will also promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world.
Source: Democratic Party website (accessed 4:15 pm, 2/25/20)
Consider this from the Republican Party’s latest platform
Foremost among those institutions is the American family. It is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Its daily lessons — cooperation, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, self-reliance — are fundamental to the order and progress of our Republic. Strong families, depending upon God and one another, advance the cause of liberty by lessening the need for government in their daily lives. Conversely, as we have learned over the last five decades, the loss of faith and family life leads to greater dependence upon government. That is why Republicans formulate public policy, from taxation to education, from healthcare to welfare, with attention to the needs and strengths of the family. It is also why everyone should be concerned about the state of the American family today, not because of ideology or doctrine, but because of the overwhelming evidence of experience, social science, and common sense. All of which give us these truths about traditional marriage: Children raised in a two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation. Moreover, marriage remains the greatest antidote to child poverty. The 40 percent of children who now are born outside of marriage are five times more likely to live in poverty than youngsters born and raised by a mother and father in the home. Nearly three-quarters of the $450 billion government annually spends on welfare goes to single-parent households. This is what it takes for a governmental village to raise a child, and the village is doing a tragically poor job of it.
Source: Republican Party website (accessed 4:24 p.m., 2/25/20)
Democrats have committed themselves to not simply ignore the good and holy standard given by God. They dedicate themselves to establishing policies, implementing laws and taxing citizens for the establishment of what is unnatural, defiles the blessing of marriage, and promote globally what God has decreed as abominable and only brings His judgment.
Compare what Democrats commit themselves to with what the Republicans desire. Republicans acknowledge God’s standard for marriage and promise to establish policies and operate with the goal of encouraging citizens to live by that standard with all its subsequent blessings.
In 2016 Republicans (and others) elected as president an adulterating, thrice married, lying, crude, boastful man. His life and words should be an embarrassing insult to what Republicans claim they stand for. His life is an immoral contradiction to his party’s declared moral standard. However, since Republicans declare there is a standard, even a grossly immoral man like President Trump can support and enforce legislation according to the party’s stated beliefs.
Compare that to the Democratic platform and Democratic candidates. The Democratic Party’s official position regarding sex and marriage denies and defiles God’s standard. Which means there is only one way a Democratic candidate could be an immoral contradiction to their party’s moral standard. They would have to speak the truth that “Marriage is a blessed union given to us by God and it is the only union in which sex is to be enjoyed between one man and one woman for life.” Remember, these candidates are willingly members of a party that categorically rejects God’s standard.
When it comes to what God has decreed regarding sex and marriage there is no truth in the Democratic Party. The only morality they seek to legislate is what God has plainly decreed to be abominable and only brings His wrath.
Here is why you would be sinning if you vote for a Democratic candidate in 2020.
+ Because you would be willfully casting your vote for their Satanic morality to be legislated not God’s.
+ Because you would be willfully joining them in calling evil good (Isaiah 5:20).
+ Because you would be willfully claiming Christ is in harmony with Belial (II Cor. 6:15).
Let the reader take heed.