The Militant Libertarian

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Church and Morality

Not sure where this came from originally, but it's a great little piece:

Political columnist Mike Adams - whose writings I generally enjoy, especially when he’s slaying political correctness on college campuses - had an interesting observation in his column today regarding church and morality.

A friend of his said “believed in God although he had not been to church regularly in a number of years” and maintained “he was leading a ‘moral life’ without going to church.” To which Adams immediately asked himself, “How does one know he lives a moral life if he does not ever attend church?”

Well, that’s easy. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. Don’t kill anybody. Don’t assault anybody. Love your neighbor…but not biblically unless they are your spouse. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. That would be a pretty good start.

In fact, if all the church-goers would just stick with that script, we’d all live in a much-better, some might even say “moral,” world.

I understand that many church-goers wish non-church-goers would accept that they can’t live moral lives without sitting in a church pew for an hour every Sunday listening to a non-relevant, if not sleep-inducing, sermon. But the fact is going to church can’t make an immoral person moral just as ethics laws can’t make an unethical politician ethical.

And if I remember correctly, Michael Corleone was a regular church-goer. So were certain Catholic priests…but let’s not go there.

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