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Linda White's op-ed column: The consequences of declaring our freedom from moral law, and the solution.

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Date published: 12/2/2012


It's a crazy world. Rockets from Gaza light up the sky over Israel. The Israelis respond with bombs. Egyptian President Morsi declares himself the "new pharaoh" and assumes dictatorial powers. Riots break out in Cairo. Meanwhile, chatter continues about one of America's modern-day heroes who has had an affair, betraying not only his wife, but the honor of his service to this country. But it's odd, isn't it? Why do we hold this military man to such a high standard? Could it be that, somewhere deep inside, we truly value morality and self-discipline?

Jerry Sandusky. A cheating scandal at Harvard. Benghazi. Two shot in Tallahassee. Forty-one percent of American children born out of wedlock. Western economies near collapse. The fiscal cliff looming. Where does all this come from? Greed, selfishness, avarice. We are awash in it.


The sin nature of man is so easily proven. A local post office has one of those drive-by mailboxes out front. Numerous signs around it say, "Don't block the mailbox" and "No parking." Yet invariably, people park right there, blocking access to the box, even though there are plenty of open spaces just a few feet away. Our hearts rebel at the smallest commands. No wonder we have trouble with "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not commit adultery."

We like to think of ourselves as good people. But we're not. None of us are. And even honest, thoughtful agnostics know that denying the reality of sin has consequences. Hobart Mauer, former president of the American Psychological Association and a skeptic about God, wrote, "We psychologists have looked upon the whole matter of sin and moral accountability as a great incubus and we have acclaimed our freedom from it as epic making. But at length we have discovered to be free in this sense, to have the excuse of being sick rather than being sinful, is to also court the danger of becoming lost. In becoming amoral, ethically neutral and free, we have cut the very roots of our being, lost our deepest sense of selfhood and identity."

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Linda J. White is an editorial writer for The Free Lance-Star.