Although this blog is primarily political in nature, this quote I find relevant in light of the corruption and tyranny throughout the world. If you do not believe in Christ, substitute the word virtue for Christ.
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
–Ezra Taft Benson
The Founders of this great nation talked of virtue coupled with liberty. It has become taboo to talk of virtue. Instead, we are inundated with sex and other vices daily at every turn. One is considered to be a prude and very uncool to speak of marriage before sex, to speak of abstinence as having the highest percentage for preventing diseases and unwanted pregnancies–even though its 100% fail-proof!
The fact is that it is quite revealing that throughout the media’s and greater society’s love-affair (no pun intended) with sex, the primary cautionary argument is disease and unwanted children. The virtue of chastity (have you ever heard of that word?) is not even part of the discussion. In reality, though, I wonder how many unchaste men and women have feelings of shame and regret because of their sexual “indiscretions.” I’d bet a pack of condoms there are more of these people than the media could ever know. Not that they’d care.