The United States of America is a nation of laws. But laws don’t inspire greatness, excellence, or virtue. In fact, when we confuse what is legal with what is moral, everyone looks for a loophole to serve his or her own interests. The rich rule the poor, women become commodities, and children become victims. The law causes us to look down. It takes something else to inspire us to look up.
"If there is no moral consensus and sense of divine accountability, this grand experiment of personal freedom will fail. Liberty will devour our liberty." —Andy Stanley
Individual rights assume individual responsibility. We are a nation of laws, but we can do better. Christians are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to do unto others as God, through Christ, has done unto us. Leveraging our individual rights for the benefit of others will prevent our liberty from devouring itself.
Scripture: Galatians 5:13–14 — “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”