Letter to the Editor:

Jeff Laadt, in his letter “A.G. Barr apparently threatened by less religion” (Oct. 23), actually reveals how much secularists are irritated by religion. 

The background for this is a speech that Barr gave at Notre Dame in which he lamented the moral decline in our country and how secularists have contributed to this.

I agree with economist Walter Williams. “The moral problems Attorney General William Barr mentioned in his speech, plus murder, mayhem and other forms of anti-social behavior, will continue until we regain our moral footing.”

Secularists fear that people of faith want to run our country as a theocracy. They cringe when we quote the U.S. Supreme Court’s Trinity Decision of 1892. “This is a Christian nation and its laws must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the redeemer of mankind.” The thinking of the court was partly informed by a review of several documents such as the Mayflower Compact which were composed by our Founding Fathers. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 declared “Three things the Founding Fathers expected to be found in every school: religion, morality and knowledge.”

Our government has not taken these pronouncements as license to make all laws based on biblical teachings. Rather, we acknowledge our need for divine wisdom to inform us on matters of right and wrong. History reveals how depraved humankind has been over the millennia when they formulated their own concepts of morality. Infant sacrifice, abuse of women, torture, cannibalism and a host of other atrocities serve as evidence of our need for guidance from our creator.

Millions of people from various religions or no religion agree on basic principles found in the Bible. Our country would benefit tremendously if we would follow biblical teachings in several areas. Take for example the area of finance. The scriptures tell us that the one who borrows is a servant of the lender, a strong message to a country with huge governmental and personal debts. The Bible portrays work as a blessing and warns that a person who won’t work should not eat. Welfare abusers take note.

Secular ideas have failed us in several ways. For instance, consider the crime and poverty in our inner cities. 

Liberal governments in places like Chicago, Ill., put all the blame on racism and guns. But the Bible has the remedy and it has been used successfully by more than just Christians. The approach that works is for each person to get at least a high school education, find a job, get married and then, have children.

This method works because God designed marriage as one man and one woman coming together to become one flesh. And the family is the place where children are taught how to become law-abiding and productive members of society.

We have success stories that confirm this approach. People of color such as Williams, Ben Carson, Jason Riley and others grew up in challenging circumstances, but they worked hard to get where they are today.

Williams quoted Founding Father John Adams. In 1798, he wrote “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

The message of Christianity is that God loves us and he has a plan for our lives. Jesus took on flesh to show us how to live and he paid the ultimate price for our redemption from sin.

Warren Anderson