Religious conservatives often want their favorite issues to become the law of the land. The left objects. “Don’t impose your morality on us,” which means the left wants to legislate its favorite issues. Both have in common a desire to use the government to further their own agendas.
July 30, 1619 America’s first representative assembly met in Jamestown, Virginia, and passed laws against drunkenness, gambling, and idleness. Obviously didn’t have a lasting effect, did it? How did Prohibition ever turn out???
Legislation doesn’t change hearts. All the laws legislators pass can only force obedience, often unwilling obedience. And the laws of God, all His “Thou shalts” and “Thou shalt nots” actually provoke revolt in our hearts, like a kid defying mom’s order not to get into the cookie jar. The Law doesn’t change hearts; only the Gospel can. Read Romans 7. Only the goodness of God our Savior changes hearts and produces willing obedience to God’s commandments.
That’s why the Jamestown laws couldn’t stop drinking, gambling, and idleness. And that’s why imposing the religious views of the right or the left will not bring this country together in a much-needed consensus on moral issues.