You are either in support of, or against the notion that the church and the state ought to have a direct partnership. Or perhaps, you are on the fence. These ideas are not New Age. In fact, they began hundreds of years ago; both of them. (smile)
Someone once told me that the way that this country was designed; our political processes or spectrums should be littered with the “works” of faith. If you don’t understand that…they meant an extension…an arm. That there should be a strong liasion between the two; never bending, never weakened.
I’m confident that no political party has a lock on it (following and prioritizing the specific plan of God) just yet. It’s bigger than that. The concept of putting God first can’t just be in our bedrooms, houses or sanctuaries. It’s got to be reflected in our work lives, in our institutions; in our government. I love what God is doing and is going to do…He’s about to give us the change that the people are crying for.
WHY IT WAS OPPOSED?
There are many different ways to look at this. There’s a group out there that wants the church and the “state” (or government) to be separate. I found out that there were some individuals whom we know through history; who laid the foundation of reasoning for the separation of church and state. During the younger years of this country; …. certain individuals discussed an array of views that literally were parlayed into some of the same reservations that we often hear opponent’s to the concept of the church and the state working together voice in our current age.
Two such people from history; were: Thomas Paine and James Madison. Thomas Paine, a respected writer and thinker; was either an atheist or an unbeliever by some researched accounts. James Madison, president in 1822; almost two hundred years ago had a different approach:
“The settled opinion here is, that religion is essentially distinct from civil Government, and exempt from its cognizance; that a connection between them is injurious to both;…”
– James Madison; Letter to Edward Everett, March 18, 1823
Was that based on fear of losing power or just a personal view of errors that could have been avoided? Things like The Salem Witch Trials...I don’t know.
Ask any Christian to name some of the blunders of the government? Get a pencil and paper. Be ready to write. It’s that serious…
Ask any politically inclined person to name the errors of the church over the years? Get out a pencil and paper. Be ready to write. It’s that serious. There is a divide.
Gay rights, abortion, fornication, the lopsided class structure, the war and the economy are
all items that lie in the divide.
Faith must be mixed with politics. The old challenge that the “church” might take over…no longer is a challenge. Our country was founded upon moral principles and laws. We the people…must have a strong voice in government.
People of integrity; who are most unlikely to steal, be corrupted, be greedy and …peoplewho will be accountable must be; who we place in office. If we can’t find anyone and we as individuals fit the bill…maybe those of us who do; ought to consider running for office.
WHAT WILL SEPARATE THOSE OF US THAT BELIEVE THIS?
I keep thinking of the word: “levels.”
Everyone is not going to see this the same way. Even if they agree, the divide will still be there as people ask…to what degree should this be?
Just how dangerous is it to mix faith and politics and is it necessary?
Let’s take this discussion in new directions…