Establishment Clause & Christians

As we all know, many religious, especially Christian, activities are shut down due to the mythical separation of church and state. We say mythical because it is an imaginary clause that secularists use even though it is not really in the constitution.

Though not explicitly stated in the First Amendment, the clause is often interpreted to mean that the Constitution requires the separation of church and state (source)

We are not supporters nor fans of the keyword in that passage. That word is ‘interpreted’. If you have read our past articles on this topic, you would know why we oppose that practice, not only for the laws of the land but also for the Bible.

When people interpret, all everyone is getting is that person’s subjective opinion on a verse, law, or even contents of a letter. When it comes to the Bible, one is not getting to the truth or what God has said. Instead, they are getting what the person thinks God said or what they want God to say.

In either case, it is dangerous ground to walk. Interpretation does not bring justice, truth, or even fairness to the different aspects of life. Without those elements, then other scriptures and laws get broken or disobeyed and the innocent get hurt.

Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was the first public official to use this metaphor. He opined that an authentic Christian church would be possible only if there was “a wall or hedge of separation” between the “wilderness of the world” and “the garden of the church.” Williams believed that any government involvement in the church would corrupt the church.(Ibid)

While he is right in this specific point, (at the end), and the church would be corrupted by government involvement because governments do not believe in God (or its members do not) and they do not want God involved in their lives.

However, he misses the point with his declaration because the church would not corrupt the government. Hopefully, the church would follow God’s commands and instructions and use God-given wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to govern wisely.

If anything, the church would elevate government to new heights and better service to the people if it were involved in political matters. The only reason such unions and influence do not work today in those nations that allow the church and other religions to be involved in government is that those religious s members do not follow God’s commands and instructions or they do not do so correctly.

A theocracy is only good if God is really at the head and his followers truly follow him and his will. Any other version only leads to disaster.

The most famous use of the metaphor was by Thomas Jefferson in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. In it, Jefferson declared that when the American people adopted the establishment clause they built a “wall of separation between the church and state.” (ibid)

Mr. Jefferson is not infallible nor is he all-wise. This statement is erroneous as not all the people have done so. Plus, it was an unofficial acceptance that has been widely abused by those outside of the Christian faith.

Faith-based organizations have been deprived of taxpayer money even though they are also taxpayers and part of the public. That is just one example of how unbelievers have used this clause to harm the church.

We agree that the Constitution states clearly that the government cannot create a state-supported church or religion. But having Christians in government who truly follow God and having Christian activities in schools, etc. does not violate that amendment.

Nor does sharing taxpayer money with faith-based groups violate that amendment. Those that state otherwise seems to have a very greedy attitude as well as a hate-filled one against the Christian church.

Both Jefferson and fellow Virginian James Madison felt that state support for a particular religion or for any religion was improper. They argued that compelling citizens to support through taxation a faith they did not follow violated their natural right to religious liberty. (ibid)

In essence, they are correct. The state or the federal government cannot institute a tax for the sole purpose of creating a national or official state church and use that money to support it.

But that does not mean that public money is to be withheld from different Christian organizations that have come through a variety of taxes which also are used to support unbelieving organizations and activities.

The Christian and the Christian church are part of the public and they have a claim to their own money. Especially when the unbeliever gets free access to it.

We are sure there will be people who disagree with our point here. That is okay. They just need to make their arguments in a rational, logical, and truthful manner.

The problem is in this situation is that people interpret instead of seeking the truth. They assume or leap to conclusions before hearing the full argument one way or the other. They build subjective tests, like the Supreme Court has done, even though those tests are weak in nature and easy to misuse.

It is understandable that the unbeliever does not want religious, especially Christian activities in government buildings or in the function of those offices. They do not want to be reminded of what their future holds or what their decisions have done to them and their families.

As in archaeology, and science in general, secular scientists are hesitant to embrace the truth because it means ruining their life’s work. Unbelievers have a hard time when faced with the truth and the reality of life.

It is easier to hide it away and ignore it than deal with it.

Religion has been at the core of some of the best and worst movements in the country’s history. (Ibid)

Is it religion or is it those members of those religions that misunderstand and misapply their teachings to further their own cause and manipulate people to do their will and not God’s?

In the case of Christianity, it is the latter when the worst is done. If one follows Christianity correctly, everyone would see the difference. The faith is far better than atheists and unbelievers make it out to be.

But sadly, too many Christians or people who claim to be Christian do not follow God’s teachings correctly and we get the mess we are in today. Allowing the Christian church to influence government today would not be a good idea.

Too many believers interpret scriptures instead of finding the truth and obeying it. In the disciples’ time, the church was obeying and following the truth and they followed the disciples’ teaching.

They did not go off into interpretation. Instead, they were united under those vital aspects and were being fed the truth to help them grow properly. This is something we need today in the church.

The church needs to get back to the truth and stop using interpretation to guide its way. Then it can make an impact for God.

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