Morality is the basis of true govt

Letters, Normal

The National, Wednesday 4th January 2012

IT is the wish of Papua New Guineans for a long time to see a government that reflects God’s ideals and principles, a government that serves the people with honesty and integrity.
Sadly, we have yet to see such a government.
I want to draw a biblical correlation to the recent political events.
When Jesus came to establish God’s kingdom, he was not popular.
At times he was seen to oppose the law.
He identified himself with the poor and the needy, and walked in poverty.
His standing was on morality at the expense of legalism, preached forgiveness when the law dictated harsh penalties, even death.
At one time when a woman was caught for adultery, he challenged those who accused her as per the “law” to throw the first stone if none of them had sinned.
When accused of going against the Law of Moses, he declared that he came to fulfil it.
He lived 33 years, 30 years of unpopular life and only three years in ministry but the impact of these few years literally changed the course of history and the world today.
My inference from Jesus is this: “Morality is the basis of true government, not legalism”.
Laws can be changed, challenged and even breached when morality take pre-eminence in the hearts of people.
Morality, unlike the law, cannot be measured nor understood through lega­lism.
It is morality that fulfils the ultimate purpose of the law.
A government that identifies with morality is the government that we will find peace and refuge in.

Samuel Ilau