Trying to legislate morality only empowers those who agree and offends those who don’t; it can never cure the human heart.

We must not rely on politics to do the job that love-motivated-evangelism was purposed to do. Abdicating our responsibilities there only leads to our disappointment with a natural system that was never capable of touching a supernatural problem.

Laws succeed only when observed by those who’s hearts bear witness to them willingly, embraced in the soul not simply the mind. Eventually the heart of man will push against restraint until there’s revolt.

Governments appear to rule, yet only manage, and that inferiorly.

Laws address symptoms. Jesus addresses hearts. Keep your heart’s eye on him and always look to serve people, not processes.



joshcummings · 6 Apr ’12 at 8:27 am

Seriously. Many times we put our faith in external laws to change the hearts of our nation, believing it will make us more godly. Like you said, the change has to come from within. We must preach the good news instead of lobbying, and put our faith in God instead of America.

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’12 at 9:09 am

    Can’t say it any better than that.

    And while some would think I’m anti-America, I’m far form. She’s truly the nation that afforded the greatest amount of freedom to the greatest amount of people in history. And I love her. I just love Jesus and His Kingdom so much more.

Susan · 6 Apr ’12 at 9:06 am

Well put, Christopher. This is a hard one for some of us to get into our heads. The current issue of Newsweek (April 9, 2012) has an article that touches on some of the same ideas: “The Forgotten Jesus” by Andrew Sullivan.

Keep up the good word.


    Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’12 at 9:10 am

    Interesting. I’ll have to snag it. Thanks for the lead for sure.

Chris Davis · 6 Apr ’12 at 9:20 am


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Christopher Miller · 6 Apr ’12 at 1:14 pm

I politely disagree with you, Hopper. We can, do and should legislate morality. It’s what laws are. Morality is about right and wrong, and that’s what laws put into legal form. Can you think of one law which doesn’t declare one behavior right and its opposite wrong? The truth is all laws legislate morality (even speed limits imply a moral right to life). And everyone in politics — conservatives, libertarians and liberals — is trying to legislate morality. The only question is: “Whose morality should be legislated?”

However, your point about it changing hearts is true. Only the laws of God’s kingdom can do that. His laws of love supersede all else. It is why his kingdom extends to even the most vile offenders of earthly law.

Christopher Miller · 6 Apr ’12 at 1:17 pm

I should say I disagree with the phrase “we can’t legislate morality” use in your tweets. Your post is just fine. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’12 at 1:37 pm

    Let me be more clear then:

    For all of their good intentions, it is impossible for laws to change the morality of a man from the inside out (thus I mean the literal understanding of “law’s ability to legislate morality,” not our responsibility to uphold morality with laws, which I fully agree with you about). The 10 Commandments were prime example of this. The human heart required the infusion of the Father’s presence through surrender for any law to adhere to our moral compass.

    Thanks for thought provoking comment which hopefully brought about even more clarity.

Joel_Furrow · 7 Apr ’12 at 10:33 am

Amen! So true…careful tho Christopher- you are starting to sound like a libertarian!

    Christopher Hopper · 7 Apr ’12 at 5:36 pm

    Ha ha – I know, I know…it’s kinda’ creeping me out.

Federalized Media: Legislating Our Way Out of Morality · 2 Jan ’13 at 6:56 pm

[…] I’ve written on this before, but in light of current events it’s imperative for me to revisit it. Whenever reporters or legislatures, conservative or liberal, are willing to spin horrific tragedy into political gain, we must call it for what it is: the easiest way to legislate our way out of personal accountability and a God-centered moral compass. […]

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