Verses 18 through 20 of Deuteronomy chapter 16 is about Justice: “You shall not pervert Justice,” and “you shall not show partiality,” and “you shall not accept a bribe,” and “Justice, only justice, you shall follow, that you may live in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

William Bennett once gave a speech on “What Ails America.” Although he delivered it about 15 years ago, it seems relevant for us today. Here’s an excerpt: “Religion provides us with moral bearings, and the solution to our chief problem of spiritual impoverishment depends on spiritual renewal. The surrendering of strong beliefs, in our private and public lives, has demoralized society.

Today, much of society ridicules and mocks those who are serious about their faith. America’s only respectable form of bigotry is bigotry against religious people. And the only reason for hatred of religion is that it forces us to confront matters many would prefer to ignore. Today we must carry on a new struggle for the country we love. We must push hard against an age that is pushing hard against us. If we have full employment and greater economic growth—if we have cities of gold and alabaster—but our children have not learned how to walk in goodness, justice and mercy, then the American experiment, no matter how gilded, will have failed.”