Do you remember my article from last week on the Hobby lobby protest? Well, if not, you can check it out here.
In the article I did my best to express my concerns about the state meddling in religious affairs and visa versa.
We’re seeing more and more that politicians- Christian Politicians- better put, are pushing more and more to break down the wall of separation between the church and state.
On the surface this seems like a great idea for us to have God accepted in the Government and returning back to the foundation on which this great nation was established on.
However underneath the lamblike disguise this will be the perfect time for our prosperous nation to begin to speak as a dragon (Revelation 13:11).
U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie released a one-minute advertisement focused on a religious message yesterday.
Gordon says and I quote “ Here’s the truth: the United States isn’t going to solve its problems in a country empty of faith. And it sure won’t solve them with a government that’s hostile to faith,” “A great America needs God.”
Amen Mr. Howie! I totally agree, but where I respectfully have to draw the line at is, I don’t believe that the government should be the ones to enforce faith on the members thereof or to the inhabitants of our dear nation or of any nation might I add.
Remember we are to take Jesus’ approach to live. He was our example.
I said that to say this, when the government begins to make laws on worship or the church begins to pass laws for the nation then we have worship contrary to one’s conscience or else.
Now when Jesus was with us in the flesh did He ever tell anyone, “follow Me…. or I’m going to get the government on you and you’re going to be in big trouble.”
No he didn’t, the people that encountered and followed Jesus, made a morally free choice to serve Him and love Him or not to.
The same option must be available for christians today. Don’t get me wrong I believe strongly in outreach and evangelism so that this nation can get to a state of moral prosperity that is to be marveled at, but it has to start with a choice not a mandate.
“Politicians need to put God back in politics, and pastors need to start talking politics and endorsing candidates from the pulpit.” says Howie.
In my humble opinion friends absolutely, positively not. For the same reasons above. Now we do have voices as christian and we can move together to have laws passed to promote morality or to enhance freedoms but in no way from the pulpits do we endorse politicians.
That’s done on Caesar’s time not God’s.
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God‘s.
Mark 12:17 kjv
This principle we in our day are firmly to maintain. The banner of truth and religious liberty held aloft by the founders of the gospel church and by God’s witnesses during the centuries that have passed since then, has, in this last conflict, been committed to our hands. The responsibility for this great gift rests with those whom God has blessed with a knowledge of His word. We are to receive this word as supreme authority. We are to recognize human government as an ordinance of divine appointment, and teach obedience to it as a sacred duty, within its legitimate sphere. But when its claims conflict with the claims of God, we must obey God rather than men. God’s word must be recognized as above all human legislation. A “Thus saith the Lord” is not to be set aside for a “Thus saith the church” or a “Thus saith the state.” The crown of Christ is to be lifted above the diadems of earthly potentates.
The acts of the Apostles p.68