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Why Are Moral Absolutes Important?
|It's not easy proving to a generation that does not believe
in moral absolutes that moral absolutes are important. After all, how can you prove
something to someone without any standards of proof? What kind of authority can be quoted?
Who can we turn to to prove to you that moral absolutes are important?
It's impossible. You've been brainwashed.
Sounds like a crazy accusation. You're insulted.
But the combination of mind-numbing Television and secular mass-schooling 5 days a week has had its toll on you. You are completely out of touch with the thinking of great minds two centuries ago, who spoke courageously of "unalienable rights" and
What do the most popular celebrities in our day speak of? You tell me. Drugs, conquest of women; you've heard the lyrics. And if you were to meet a group of thugs on the street at night who looked like the people on the covers of the most-popular record albums, you would fear for your life.
An important part of our political understanding throughout our early history was recognition of moral absolutes and the important societal effect arising form publicly acknowledging God as absolute Judge and Law-giver. For example, in 1798, John Adams explained:
What good are "rights" if you can't walk the streets at night?
In 1799, Adams similarly explained:
"The experience of all ages" doesn't mean squat to the "ME generation."
This truth was not only proclaimed by civic leaders like John Adams but also by religious leaders at the request of government. In 1803 Governor Jonathan Trumbull and the Connecticut legislature asked Reverend Matthias Burnet to the Connecticut Capitol Building. He re-affirmed the basic political reality which informed all statesmen in that day:
Delivering an "Election Day Sermon" before the Massachusetts Legislature in 1791, Rev. Chandler Robbins declared,
And in 1854, the House Judiciary Committee similarly declared:
If you would like to read the United States Supreme Court's decision in 1892 which declared that America was "a Christian nation," click here. Be prepared to enter a world long-forgotten.
Moral Absolutes are important because a nation that cannot distinguish theft from productivity and murder from charitable service of others is a nation which soon be swallowed up in crime and chaos.
4. Chandler Robbins, A Sermon Preached Before His Excellency John Hancock, Esq and the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 25, 1791, Being the Day of General Election (Boston: Thomas Adams, 1791), p. 18.
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