Saturday, September 25, 2010

There seems to be a lot of "talk" of separation of church and state these days, what does the Bible have to say about it?

Since the garden of Eden, the truth is that man really doesn't want anyone to tell him what he can or cannot do. God will not force anyone to accept who He his (while you live on the His earth), but in my opinion, neither God nor many of our country's founders ever intended that God should be excluded from government. The very first charter of Virginia in 1606 specified that the colony should bring glory to Almighty God and advance the Christian faith. The Mayflower Compact began "In the name of God, Amen, Having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith..". The Continental Congress of 1775 officially called all citizens to fast and pray and confess their sin that God might bless them. Even the Declaration of Independence has four specific references to dependence of the nation on God. We need the guidance of God in our nation now more than ever. The Psalms state "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (9:17) But it is also important to remember that we must accept Christ as individuals and let Him lead our lives. Psalms 119:105 says "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Though God holds the heart of the nations leaders in His hands, remember that He is concerned about our daily lives. God's Word will not only give direction for genuine freedom (from the bondage of sin), but also says"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.."Psalm 33:12.

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