Please allow me to share with you my belief in God…
While pray nightly and have my favorite Bible verses, I am not by any means a religious man – instead I walk by faith, which to try and simply explain means my God is with me at all times and though I am a fallen man, I do my best to keep my eyes (remaining mindful of and) on Him at all times. For me faith doesn’t come with a set of hard and fast rules like religion.
My belief system is by no means one in which I insist you follow, to the contrary – I want you to explore your beliefs in a manner consistent with your personal values. For myself, my belief in God means an adherence to the broad concept of Judeo-Christian faith, which includes justice, virtue, fairness, charity, community, and duty.
Each of these concepts means different things to different people. For instance, under duty – my personal belief includes defending the U.S. Constitution up to an including my death. I hold that document as close to my heart as any member of my family or my friends, for whom I would gladly trade my life – and it is okay that you might not see ‘duty’ in the same light.
The reality of a ‘supreme transcendent authority,’ higher than any Earthly authority, naturally limits the legitimate authority of the State. No government can demand absolute obedience or legitimately attempt to control every aspect of our lives.
Thus, while I strongly disagree with such actions as abortion, I find it repulsive to limit a woman’s right to seek such a procedure through the force of law. Rather, I prefer to leave that between the medical professional, the patient and their God, reducing the State’s ability not only to interfere but to publicly fund.
Nor should the State be in the business of marriage, from enforced blood-testing to licenses and all the financial rewards the agencies benefit from. And while I may not be in favor of same-sex marriage, that again should remain between those getting married, their faith, their church, the venue and their God.
Again my belief in God does not conflate faith and politics, and it does not mean that religious disputes are necessarily political disputes, or vice versa. Nor does it mean you must believe in God, or that I have a monopoly on faith.
It does mean that there is a moral order that lies behind political order, and that order establishes the natural limits of all human authority. Finally, man is fallible and because this is so we must be a nation of virtues and values over rules and regulations, work over welfare, law over litigation, morals over money and liberty over security.