Defending morality AND Liberty!
Some say that to stop immorality we need moral laws. In truth there is no such thing as immoral law; for only moral laws can be considered law at all. — Immoral behavior is lawless by nature; neither God, nor morals move one bit at the whim of government.
For example legislation can no more make the killing an innocent legal, than it can make it a crime to protect ones family or property and to posses the arms to do so. Such acts are not law, but lawless. Rights are not granted Constitutions or compacts. They are the birthright of all mankind. All posses the right to defend them as well as a duty to do so with honor.
Civil government exists to protect life, liberty and property; while church government defends moral law, not with force of arms but with the greater force of being a bold vocal example in society. When either body abdicates their role to the other, we earn for our apathy a tyrannical government, or a tyrannical church. Two evils that liberty can avoid.
The real question is which moral laws civil government should enforce and which should be left to churches and people to affirm by good example. The answer lies in history. — A government granted authority beyond SIMPLY protecting life, liberty and property; will without fail become a tyrant over liberty, property and morality.
Do not think my words excuse immoral behavior. Quite the contrary. Yet WE do not need to legislate social morality. WE need to follow the laws of nature and natures God as pillars of social morality. WE act moral, we defend the weak, WE seek to be principled. We leave the role of civil government to punish civil crimes alone, so that WE need not watch our door every hour for robbers.
All principled men are lesser magistrates. — No law that violates the law of God, nor that fails to preserve liberty can ever be true law. Such perverse ordinances can and should be disobeyed, for to support tyranny, is to commit treason against the King of Kings.
Approach with great caution the role of civil government, courts, punishments and power; for few crimes are greater than corruption of justice! By restraining government in this way, we protect liberty, leaving t0 the people the great task of preserving morality by action, rather than by the shirking our duty to legislators who will destroy liberty and morality.