God has made us stewards of our cultural and religious heritage, including the civil institutions of family and church.

It's especially important that we emphasize this stewardship responsibility, because today our civil institutions have grown weaker in some quarters as the state absorbs more and more of their responsibilities.

We should protect and nourish our civil institutions, partly by insisting on a properly limited role for government, and partly by rejecting the feel-good, follow-your-impulse ethos that is doing so much to undermine marriages, families and the church.

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