There is something else. This book that Christians quote (sometimes selectively to conform to their politics) is about God, His nature, character and redemptive plan. When it refers to man, it describes his wickedness and pursuit of unclean things. The Old Testament laws are a holiness code that reflect God's character, not a set of rules man is expected to live up to (Christians believe only Jesus did that and so became the only acceptable sacrifice for man's individual and collective sins). To seek to implement such a code through human law is an exercise in futility and is neither expected nor mandated in that New Testament covenant.
The Bible is a book for those who would accept its message. Should anyone who does not believe it be expected to obey what it says?
During the floor debate, Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) quoted historian Arnold Toynbee: "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today."
America may be living on borrowed time, but its "lease" will not be extended by new laws or constitutional amendments. America and Americans will renew their moral strength when they decide in sufficient numbers to live differently. No power on Earth can make them do that. But a Power not of this Earth can help.
Given what the book quoted by some senators predicts, I wouldn't count on a "wicked and adulterous generation" rescuing itself through a marriage amendment or any other human effort. After all, "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3).
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My column based on an interview with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld left a mistaken impression in some minds regarding President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq. A transcript of what the Secretary of Defense actually said follows:
"I think that there is no question, but that the declaration that was submitted to the United Nations by Saddam Hussein was flawed, was inaccurate, was false and that the United Nations had gone through some 17 resolutions and that it was appropriate to enforce those resolutions as the coalition did. So I believe the president did the right thing."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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