“Despotism may be able to do without faith, but freedom cannot. Religion is much more needed in the republic they advocate than in the monarchy they attack, and in democratic republics most of all. How could society escape destruction if, when political ties are relaxed, moral ties are not tightened? And what can be done with a people master of itself if it is not subject to God?”
Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation of America is very interesting. He was saying that since the crown no longer controls peoples lives, that for morality to reign, religion is going to have to step in.
Does this help explain where we are today with regard to religion and politics? For someone to become president, they must say they are a Christian. Does this really mean “oh yes, I am moral,”? Is the American Church’s main goal to keep our country morally centered? If it is, should it be?