WWW Opinion Times

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Catholic Courage "In the Arena"

Kudos goes out to Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput who shows himself to be an example of the role of church leaders in the public debate. In a speech a subsequent question and answer session before the City Club of Denver, he stood on solid ground by refuting the lie that church leaders are supposed to refrain from giving input into our political process.

When challenged about religious leaders and believers "imposing their views" on society and in government he retorted that "if we don't - you'll impose your views on us."
Rocky Mountain News: "'For religious believers not to advance their convictions about public morality in public debate is not an example of tolerance - it's a lack of courage."
Exactly! And it's a rallying call to all of us who believe biblical morality is something significant and useful in advancing and protecting our freedoms.

John Adams said, "[Our] Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government any other." The foundation of our freedom is not government institutions but self-government--especially that in the family. Self-government is sustained by individual effort in the political debate. For Christians, that includes a substantive, biblical response to government action and societal norms.

Hat Tip Confessions of a Political Junkie