Prohibition, failed attempt to legislate righteousness


PBS has been showing the Ken Burns documentary on prohibition.

The evangelist Billy Sunday envisioned the following as the results
of prohibition:

"No one marked the day (start of Prohibition) as fervently as evangelist Billy Sunday, who conducted a revival meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. Ten thousand grateful people jammed Sunday?s enormous tabernacle to hear him announce the death of liquor and reveal the advent of an earthly paradise. ?The reign of tears is over,? Sunday proclaimed. ?The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent.?

He was so... wrong.

Righteousness cannot be legislated.
Instead of righteousness,
outlawing liquor dramatically increased lawlessness and murder.

It makes one wonder if we are following the same failed approach
in the war on drugs.


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Comment from: Russ Braaten [Visitor]  
Russ Braaten

I totally understand the reasoning but God destroyed cities… and more… for their permissiveness. There has to be some line drawn in the sand or the country will be judged. Then let God judge the individuals rather than the whole country. I just have not figured out in my mind where that line should be. The USA already is being judged for it’s permissiveness in a number of areas where it causes death and destruction of innocents.

10/04/11 @ 21:30
Comment from: admin [Member]  

I don’t see how the US government can legislate righteousness. As far as I can see, Jesus did not force people to believe in Him, or to follow Him. People follwed him because they were drawn to him.

AA works because people are drawn to it by relationship. AA does not compel people.

Should the government cut out people’s tongues if they lie?

I think righteouness only comes from a work of God in our hearts, not by passing laws.

I believe government’s job is to pass laws to protect us. Sin that hurts other people obviously such as murder, theft and etc should be outlawed by the government. Sin that does not affect other people directly should be left to people’s own conscience before God.

At least that is how it seems from here.

10/04/11 @ 22:52