Legislated Morality and Obamacare

Herschel Smith provides a needed perspective on a current topic

[T]here is no question that there are theological underpinnings to Obamacare.  These underpinnings are to be found in liberation theology, the social gospel and ultimately in Hegelianism and Marxism.  The charge is reflexively leveled at conservatives and traditionalists that we mix church [and] state.  But it’s just as easy to dismiss this charge on the grounds that one doesn’t have to be a member of any church to vote his or her conscience in the voting booth.  All laws are legislated morality.

One might go further to say that some laws are little more than legislated immorality, but morality vs immorality presupposes a basis for right and wrong which is held in common by a populace.

Back to the topic at hand, though. Worldview matters. If one believes that people are intrinsically good and that they simply need to have the right rules to make it all work, then one encourages public policy accordingly. If one believes that we have evolved from nothing and that God is a figment of our evolving and as yet imperfect intellect, then one encourages public policy accordingly.

Given this, should we be surprised at many of the policy decisions coming from this current administration? Concerned and motivated, yes. Surprised, no.

2 thoughts on “Legislated Morality and Obamacare

    1. Atheists and Christians stand on opposite sides, but scientists may either be of the evolutionary or creationist camps or some variation thereof.

      While anyone, regardless of beliefs is capable of making good or bad practical policy decisions, one’s worldview necessarily limits one’s capability. For an example of this, look at the decisions made by Chairman Mao which triggered the often brutal deaths of millions of his countrymen.

      **Pardon the delay in replying. Independence Day and a broken leg (my son’s, not mine) have scrambled my schedule.**

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