PMT 2014-022b by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Our nation needs to return to its Christian roots for a very important reason: “if the foundations are destroyed, / What can the righteous do?” (Psa 11:3). Political rulers are important for insuring that we “may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Tim 2:2). They should not be “a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil” as they “they bear the sword” (Rom 3:3–4). Therefore, they must function “for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right” (1 Pet 2:14). But secularism cannot even affirm morality, much less protect and promote it, because the non-Christian system has no sure base for it. Let me explain this (too) briefly.
The secularists’ reality is ultimately founded on nothing more than a gigantic explosion 13.5 billion years ago. Thus, in the secularist’s worldview knowledge is rooted in irrationalism in that reality is rooted in chance (the impersonal flux of a random universe). As a result, morality is necessarily reduced to pure relativism and because of this can be nothing more than personal preference. In such a system there are no ultimate, universal, invariant, obligatory moral standards — indeed, there can be none. As a consequence, non-Christian thought can offer no rational justification for any moral behavior whatsoever. Nor can it logically condemn any moral action, even one as heinous as the Nazi Holocaust.
For the Christian, morality is founded upon the all-good, all-knowing, everywhere-present, all-powerful, eternally-existing, infinitely-personal, and self-revealing God of Scripture.  His will, which is rooted in his being and nature, and is revealed in Scripture is man’s standard of morality (Rom 7:12). Since God is all-knowing (Psa 139:2–27; Pro 15:3) and everywhere-present (1 Kgs 8:27; Jer 23:24), moral principles revealed in Scripture are always relevant to our situation. Since God is all-good (Psa 119:137; Mark 10:18b) and eternal (Psa 90:2; 102:12), his moral commands are always binding upon men.
Many resist the Christian’s promotion of the Bible’s moral standards in society and politics. They claim that you cannot impose morality. But all law — secular or sacred — is by the very nature of the case an imposing of morality. In fact, moral imposition by law is important and necessary: The framing of laws against rape and murder imposes a morality upon rapists and murderers.
Furthermore, we must recognize that all law is implicitly religious. This is because all law is rooted in morality, and morality is based on ideas of ultimacy and value. And ultimacy and value are religious (transcendental) concepts which are not derived in the laboratory or effected by mathematical formulas. It is precisely to this principle that George Washington spoke in his farewell address on September 19, 1796 when he said:
“And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason, and experience both forbids us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” 
In this regard, famed historian Will Durant wrote: “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.” 
For these reasons our social, cultural, and political circumstances demand a Christian witness and political engagement. We must be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” if we are to obediently follow Christ — and to retrieve our culture from ruin as an inheritance for our children
1. The Christian worldview is the only rational system of thought and action. This is because of the impossibility of the contrary. That is, given our presupposition of the God of Scripture, we can give an account of reality and justify knowledge and morality. But given the non-Christian’s presupposition of chance, they cannot account for reality, knowledge, and morality.
2. George Washington in William Jackson Johnstone, George Washington, the Christian (New York: Abingdon, 1919), 223.
3. Will Durant and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History Selection 6: 1968: Chapter VI; Morals and History; Page 51