In a recent statement in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Congressman Ron Paul had this to say:

“Real change can happen only when we commit ourselves to rebuilding civil society in America, meaning a society based on family, religion, civic and social institutions, and peaceful cooperation through markets. We cannot reverse decades of moral and intellectual decline by snapping our fingers and passing laws.”

Congressman Paul is right. Self-government is the necessary foundation for any society. But self-government must be coupled with knowledge of a higher law.

Consider the following from Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959), American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films, who steps out on stage at the beginning of his 1956 film The Ten Commandments:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, young and old. This may seem an unusual procedure, speaking to you before the picture begins, but we have an unusual subject: the birth of freedom. The story of Moses.”

Those who watch The Ten Commandments on television never get to see DeMille make his speech.