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The Judeo-Christian Worldview and Public Policy
February 12th, 2013

(FPP) The foundational principles of a Judeo-Christian worldview include the existence of God, the immutability of God, the fallen state of man, the moral law of God, and God`s sovereign order.

It is important to know the foundational principles of a Judeo-Christian worldview in regards to public policy.

    • The existence of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 104; Acts 17:24-30)
    • The immutability of God’s eternal power, goodness and justice (Rom. 1:18-20; Ps. 111:7-8; 148:5)
    • The sanctity, dignity and depravity of man (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; James 3:9; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:23);
    • The existence of the Moral Law of right and wrong (Ps. 19:1-6; Rom. 1:26-27; 2:14-15; 13:5)
    • The eternal rules of order and right (the Laws of God) which Heaven itself has ordained (Ex. 20:12-17; Gal.
       5:14; Rom. 13:10)

The Moral Law is self-evident and intuitively known by our expectations and inclinations because: (1) We were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27, 5:1, 9:6; James 3:9); (2) It is written on our hearts and in our nature (Rom. 2:14-15.); and (3) It becomes most apparent when our rights are violated.  Because the Moral Law and the Laws of God originate from the same Author, the moral principles arising from each source are harmonious and without contradiction.

The Founders of our Nation incorporated these timeless and transcendent Judeo-Christian ideas into the Declaration of Independence when they declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the Governed.”  The Founders here astutely recognized that without the existence of an immutable Creator, there is no ground for unalienable Rights.

In the Declaration, the Founders also appealed to “the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of [their] intentions” and set their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” for the success of our Nation.  So do we.