Should Muslims Try To Legislate Their Morality?
by Mark Horne
Daryl Hart’s agenda is to turn Christians into secularists in the public square. He thinks asking the above question makes his case.
I don’t see how.
The answer has different levels.
On the one hand, we can look at it from a Constitutionalist point of view. I have seen Muslim girls in my local public school wearing traditional dress. Hopefully, their classmates are respectful and kind. But there are indecency laws all over this country and there is no reason in the world why they shouldn’t lobby to have their definitions of decency used as the standard for what counts as public indecency.
Why shouldn’t they try to do this? Why should they have the values of other people, which they find plainly indecent, imposed on them? If they are citizens of the United States it is plainly their right to influence legislation according to their values. Some may want to legalize polygamy for up to four wives, for example. While the First Amendment would limit what they can do to some extent, it still gives them space to make many changes if they ever succeed in becoming the “moral majority” of a future time.
So from an American, Constitutionalist, perspective, of course they should try to legislate their morality.
But that brings us to another way to answer the question. We can answer this question from the stand point of creation and all history rather than just within the US legal framework.
Muslims should not try to legislate their morality because they shouldn’t be Muslims.
Islam is a false religion. Despite points of coincidence where their morality might match Christian morality, as a whole it is based on deception and idolatry. It is just wrong.
So then, what does this tell us about whether or not Christians should try to legislate their morality? Should they, for example, not bother to vote against referendums that want to define “marriage” in a way that includes same sex relationships?
I think the answer is obvious: Christians should try to legislate morality because Jesus is Lord.
This is exactly what Jesus commanded all his followers to do: to win over every nation to follow the laws of Christ. Thus:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV)
One afterthought: notice that basically the secular world, for all its pretense of tolerance and “multi-culturism” has one ironclad law: You are permitted to be a Muslim as long as you don’t act like one. You can impose on your young daughter to wear “appropriate” dress and thus stand out like a strange spectacle, but you must never exercise your vote to change society. Secularists have the same “First Commandment” prohibition for Christians.
But we Christians are supposed to obey YHWH’s first Commandment.