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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Moral issues: Are they also social and political issues?

By Louis Rushmore

Moral issues include such topics as abortion, homosexuality, gambling, drug abuse, suicide, prostitution, pornography, adultery, public nudity, pre-marital sex and the recreational use of alcohol. Other moral issues could be listed, but these are enough to show the range and type of conduct that is under consideration. Some of these topics (that is, abortion, homosexuality and gambling) recently have been the subjects of much controversy.

These issues, and others, are moral topics because God, through the Bible, has said something about them. Through the Scriptures, God regulates human conduct. They are issues because mankind resists God's regulation of his behavior. Anyone who is even somewhat familiar with the Bible probably knows the difference between God's position and man's practices of these moral issues.

These topics are social issues because they affect our society. What we practice regarding moral issues determines what kind of society we are now and what kind of society we will become. With a little thought, it is not difficult to see that there is a great difference between our society now and our society just a few generations ago.

In part, this contrast is the result of a shift in moral values. This liberal shift in moral values is the result of a disregard for God and his Word (the Bible, in which he included his moral code for humanity). We, therefore, have changed. The moral nature of God, though, does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Further, God has not changed his instructions to mankind in about 2,000 years (Galatians 1:6-9; Jude 3).

Abortion, homosexuality, gambling, etc. are also hotly contested political issues. These kinds of political issues are emotionally charged because of the emotional investment that opposing people have in moral and social issues. So, moral issues are social and political issues, too. Further, moral issues are still moral issues even though they may be social and political issues as well.

Political and social issues are especially important when they are also moral issues. The survival of our nation, the well being of our society and the salvation of souls are at risk.

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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