How should a Christian view the separation of church and state?

Question: "How should a Christian view the separation of church and state?"

For those who dearly enjoy riddles, here is one to consider: What do a dog-catcher, a letter carrier, and clergyman have in common? Give up? In some European countries during the nineteenth century, all three were civil servants feeding from the government’s payroll. The government, not Christ, headed these state-sanctioned churches and this was the very corruption the Puritans sought to escape as they traveled to the New World.

In spite of the rhetoric common to revisionist historians, our founding fathers did not seek to eradicate religion in America. Indeed, an overwhelming preponderance of those who signed the Declaration of Independence counted themselves as men of faith. It may come as a surprise, then, for many to learn that nowhere in the Constitution do the words separation of church and state appear. It simply is not there. The idea of church/state separation came from a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson. Again, contrary to the nonsensical propaganda born of the revisionists, Jefferson’s cause was to protect religious liberties from an intrusive government! In no way did Jefferson or any of the other framers of the U.S. Constitution seek to restrict Americans’ religious activities.

We live in a democracy rather than a theocracy—and for good reason. State-sanctioned churches become puppets of the government. Under such circumstances, the edicts of fallible man take precedence over the inspired teachings of Scripture. When the state heads the church, the integrity of the Gospel is all too easily breached. Likewise, civil servants living on tax dollars are unfit for serving as pastors, for their loyalties are divided between the One who calls them and the other who feeds them. Such compromises do not belong in the pulpit. Let the government build roads and let Christ build His church.

Another bit of nonsense being force fed to the public is the notion that men and women of faith have no business in politics. Is that so? It is hardly a secret that George Washington was a man of deep, unwavering Christian faith. His personal writings, public statements, church involvement, and the testimony of his family reveal his lifelong commitment to Christianity. Washington was hardly alone in his faith; again, the majority of our nation’s founders aligned themselves with Christianity. To say, then, that America’s founding fathers were secular minded agnostics is an affront to the verifiable facts. The hype of the revisionists cannot stand up to the light of historic scrutiny.

Not very long ago, I saw a bumper sticker declaring The last time we mixed politics and religion, people were burned at the stake. This may be well and good for people befuddled by catchy slogans, but I seem to recall over five million Russian peasants murdered by Joseph Stalin. This is what happens when we mix atheism and government.

Recommended Resource: The Myth of Separation Between Church and State by Dee Wampler.

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