Morality is the basis for a good religion. Religion is the
embodiment of the natural belief in God and the natural tendency to
inquire about and revere God. To be religious is inherent in being human.
An irreligious nation will die, because nothing in it will nourish virtue.
Human injustice disinclines us to virtue. Celestial justice is necessary
to guarantee it.
"Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all those who live in
that totalitarian darkness - pray they will discover the joy of knowing
God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the
supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and
predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the
focus of evil in the modern world."
Speech to National Association of Evangelicals,
March 8, 1983