How important is faith to the preservation of liberty? Can liberty survive without a faithful culture? In a Thursday morning panel at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), BlazeTV host Allie Stuckey, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Hillsdale College professor Dr. Matthew Spalding discussed the question at length.
“We [conservatives] talk about liberty and rights a lot. So does the Left,” Spalding said during the discussion. “The fundamental question here is, what’s the source of the rights?”
“The beauty of the Declaration [of Independence] is you can understand it as a philosophical question, but also as a theological question,” Spalding continues. “And either way you read it, you can’t understand liberty as [the Founders] understood it and as we as conservatives understand it without an idea that there is transcendence.”
During the discussion, Stuckey noted the importance of the shared idea of a “higher moral law,” that there is “some idea of human right and some things are wrong.”
“Even if we disagree on the manifestations of that,” Stuckey continued, “everyone kind of agrees that there are some things you are just born with.”
“At the end of the day, our faith matters,” Lankford said toward the end of the talk. “It does have an effect not only on our nation [but on] our culture and our neighborhoods. And we should choose to be able to live that out in a way that matters. I always get the joy of being able to look at someone of faith and saying, ‘Live your faith. Our culture will not be turned around by government.”
You can watch the full panel here:
— CPAC 2019 (@CPAC) February 28, 2019