Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fiscal Cliff? How About the Moral Cliff?

By Jim Daly at

Ironically, one of the reasons we're on the verge of this fiscal cliff in the first place is that too many have believed for too long that moral problems can be solved or managed through fiscal policy.

In other words, we believe that almost every problem can be fixed by spending money on it...

Throw all the government money you have at the problem of abortion and you'll never get down to the root cause of what prompts a woman to abort her own flesh and blood.

Throw all the money at the plague of poverty and you'll never get down to solving the most common foundational problems that send someone into it in the first place, which in western nations is usually tied to family breakdown.

It was the English writer G.K. Chesterton who once said that man must suffer for his morality. I think this is what the Apostle Paul meant when he observed that we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

There are always going to be consequences to our decisions – and our priorities.

What will come of the fiscal cliff negotiations remains to be seen. What I do know, though, is that if we spent as much time as a nation working and worrying about our moral code as we do our economic well-being, we wouldn't be standing on the edge of either cliff.

Read it all here...