Friday, December 12, 2008

Thomas Jefferson on Moral Principles

I like this summary given by the author of this site for a very important reason. He defines what “morality” Jefferson will be speaking of here. He will not be speaking of morality in general terms (like the Bible speaks of morality) but in specific terms as it relates to government. Understanding this is important and often overlooked by my Christian brethren. Like Pharisees they would have God’s law in government to establish righteousness, which contradicts the teaching of the New Testament. What they would like to promote they prohibit by this dangerous misunderstanding. They corrupt both church and state with their good intentions. Consequently, like Pharisees, they are a very hard group to reach with the truth.
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3. Moral Principles

Morality is intimately related to a nation's government, for as James Madison wrote, "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea." Morality refers to conduct that is proper between members of society. Respect for the equal rights of every citizen becomes the foundation of morality and justice in a free society. Rightful government necessarily reflects this proper relationship in its policies and in its dealings with its own citizens and with other nations.
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