Monday, January 28, 2008

CHRISTIANS AND THE STATE

"Yet today there is discomfort among many in America at the spectacle of presidential candidates waving their Bibles alongside their flags. In civics lessons long ago, we learned that there is supposed to be a boundary between church and state. But where did it go?"1
Implied in such statements is the idea that it was written somewhere long ago that those who were political did not show their religion and those who were religious did not show their politics. The truth is that the "discomfort" is among the non-religious who think religion is fine as long as it is neither seen nor heard. This ficticious line between church and state does not exist in the Constitution. What it says is, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" The Constitution prohibits the Congress from making laws that prohibit the belief and exercise of one's religion. Jefferson later said it amounted to a wall between the church and state. This also meant there would be no state religion that would force members of one faith to support through tax the religion supported by the state. These are important rules that respect the proper role of government and they ensure that the government does not harass or hinder the beliefs and actions of the church of Christ.

Paul wrote,
"1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
Christians do not advise the new Christians to step down from their positions of authority in government. It is ludicrous to think that Christians are to be disinterested in the affairs of government or that members of government must become irreligious.

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1.Can Politics and Pulpit Get Along?

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