Is Government a Moral Authority?

By Olivia Murray

Published: December 7, 2021 Noon EST

(2 minute read)

When we consider morality, we must address a profound question. Is it an article of subjectivity or objectivity?

If morality hinges upon a society, culture, or any other external factor, then it is in fact subjective. It is subject to outside influence. If it is objective, it exists sovereign of anything else; it is a timeless standard.

When considering these ideas, a paradox often arises. Of the people who believe morality to be subjective, they still conclude that it is sometimes objective. For instance, they may say that no matter what, rape is always an immoral act. Or even prohibiting abortion is always wrong, as women should have a right to kill their unborn. In that belief, they are ascribing to objectivity. But then in the same breath, they function under the maxim of “live your truth!”

These two ideas cannot exist simultaneously. If everyone is just operating under their own sense of morality, there can be no objective right and wrong. They cannot say it is wrong to rape, or it is wrong to ban abortion, because those ideas may be the right thing to someone else.

We must accept that morality is indeed objective. There is some universal measure of righteousness; so from whom it can be divined?

Since the inception of these United States, morality and government have intersected. When crafting the Union, the Founders instituted biblical principles, which led to the national embracement of the Christian ethic.

The Christian God is the ultimate giver of the law, and therefore morality. When government adheres to the laws of the Bible, it does in fact possess moral authority. However, as the bedrock of American government erodes (that is the societal acceptance of Christian morality), it has less and less of an authoritative claim over virtue.

This has never been so apparent as it is now. The pornographic materials being pushed upon children in schools; the indiscriminate slaughter of babies in the womb at the altar of ‘choice’ or ‘science;’ and the widescale criminial enterprise known as “Congress.”

What is the rightful remedy?

In the second book of Chronicles the answer can be found. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

There is yet hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Always has been and always will be.