Virtue and Nobility

The video that leads this post has given me a lot of time to think and ponder. Democracy, the rule of law, really does rely on the shared vision that being “good” and the idea that following the law voluntarily is not just in the best interests of society, it is in the best interests of me.

While logical arguments for noble character and intrinsic virtue exist, it is rare that a society will be able to maintain a citizenry who values virtue and nobility based on logic alone.

The recent, long-term debate in the United States over the appropriateness of same-gender marriage is a prime example. One side raised the banner of the virtue of freedom –all human beings should be allowed to freely love the individual of their choice. Another side argued that family science and historical data supported a male-female marriage with biological parents raising their children. Adding to the clamor was the religious establishment explaining that marriage and procreation are sacred and that trying to go contrary to what God has decreed is an unwise decision. Debate turned to argument, people chose sides, and no consensus has ever been reached. The law was created by the decision of the Supreme Court, which was as divided as it could possibly be on the issue.

My point? Human logic is unable to definitively state what “good” and “right” truly are. Historically, we see that as societies turn against God, they crumble. Nobility eventually gives way to decadence, and decadence encourages the use and abuse of others.

Only through rightly applying the gospel of Jesus Christ and living it as fully as possible will bring about the society for which most people long. We want to see that suffering is ease, that the poor have adequate care, that there is a reason to work and to become better.  These are all possible as one comes to Christ, learns his will, and takes the leap of faith required to discover that it is all very real.