Personal responsibility and other keys to American renewal, from John Andrews, doing the right thing.
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The big question conservatives must answer is, “Freedom for what?” Freedom should not be license to become libertine, but to do what’s right. “For you were called to freedom, brothers,” the Apostle Paul writes. “Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Andrews suggests that conservatives — and, more broadly, Americans — return to such an ethic. “What government should or shouldn’t do is an important question for keeping America true to itself,” he writes. “But too narrow a focus on that question has tended to distract conservatives from one that’s even more important: What qualities of character are essential to sustain a free and good society?” (Emphasis in original.)
Along those lines, Andrews’ prescription for cultural and economic renewal in the United States is, first, personal and, second, political. He calls for strengthening families, expanding charity, expecting more of churches, and renewing a common culture. “The higher we score on the scale of character,” he writes, “the more fit we are for freedom — and the less need there is for intrusive restrictions by government.”
Responsibility Reborn is an excellent charter for the responsibility movement. Despite the challenges of contemporary political life and the excesses of American culture, Andrews’ treatise is infused with optimism. The next few years are critical in determining whether America will stagnate or see a rebirth of responsibility.
“It’s a great time to be alive,” Andrews writes. “Now comes the decade of decision.”
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