Many of the laws of our great land are based upon the moral law of God, which deal with man’s duty to his fellowman, in other words, the last 6 of the 10 commandments. Parental rights are based upon the 5th commandment stating, “Honor thy father and thy mother.” The 6th, 8th, & 9th commandments stating, “Thou shalt not kill, steal, nor bear false witness” are all principles protected by the laws of our land. Protecting the institution of marriage, (a 7th commandment principle), by the Federal Marriage Amendment is not a law establishing or enforcing religion. It would not be any more of a violation of the principle of “separation of church and state” than is the enacting of laws based upon these other moral commandments.
In fact, we Christians have a moral obligation to vote in favor of laws which uphold “morality,” rather than to allow “immorality” to run rampant. Our silence can be interpreted as consent. Our indifference can contribute to the downward trend toward anarchy in our great nation, which, by the way, was founded upon Christian principles by Christians who were fleeing religious persecution. We must remember that laws protecting morality are not the same as establishing “morality” or religion.
For example, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act is presently being promoted and debated in the U.S. Senate. This, too, is an effort to uphold and protect the moral rights of American citizens to live and work in harmony with their religious convictions. It is not a legislation of morality, but a protection of morality.
An amendment to the constitution is not a drastic measure without precedent. Historically, there have been passed 27 articles of amendment, the last one passing in 1992. In 1791 the very first one passed which involved the protection of the rights of religion.
Where cause of concern arises is when the state begins enacting laws dealing with our relationship to God as spelled out in the first 4 commandments, in other words, in passing civil laws regarding the worship of God. According to Revelation 13, that day is coming, but it will not be concerned with the issue of social morality. It will involve the passing of laws establishing and enforcing religious morality, the worship of God based upon man’s tradition rather than upon the will of God as spelled out in His own moral law, namely the 4th commandment. But we will save that for another discussion.
Thanks for the great question,