Okay, so I’m a moralist…and proud of it. Though some, particularly those of a liberal persuasion, might use this as a pejorative term, I believe it is a badge of honor to be called a moralist.
A moralist believes in the moral foundation of the law, and the importance of taking a stand informed by those moral convictions. Here’s what I believe.
1. Our nation, under God, is one nation, although made up of many. As a pluralistic society, every person, of every persuasion, is welcome here. Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and persons of no faith whatsoever, work side by side, live next door, worship as they choose, or don’t worship if they choose.
2. This country was founded on moral principles. Indeed, every law ever passed is based on some moral conviction. Our basic laws are based in the Judeo-Christian ethic. This ethic values life, liberty, and justice.
3. I believe in a free church in a free state. One of the rights that early citizens established is the right to freedom of religion. And Christians led the way in this cause. In fact, it was a Baptist preacher in Virginia, John Leland, who was one of the chief proponents of religious liberty. His influence on James Madison is well documented.
4. It is the moralists of our society that stand for truth. These people of conviction care about human rights and ministering to the needs of the marginalized people of society. These people care about those enslaved in Sudan, persons suffering from AIDS, and the sanctity of all human life. We moralists stand for the traditional American family.
5. Moralists like me believe in revealed truth. Jesus, in his high-priestly prayer in the garden, said, “Father, sanctify them in the truth. Your word is the truth.” (John 17:17) In other words, all truth comes ultimately from God.