Such a futile effort on the part of man to separate the church from the state when it is God who established government. Exodus, Chapter 18
Much has been written in recent years to dispel the fact that the United States of America was founded upon the principles of Judeo-Christianity. God established government and therefore has the Divine right to be included in all political decisions. The Constitution is proof that our Forefathers knew the Scriptures and incorporated God’s Word into this divinely inspired Document. Within its framework these godly leaders had the wisdom to ensure that men would have freedom in worship and that no one specific group would be elevated to the position of Church of the State. Whereas the Government could not establish a State Church, or regulate matters of religion, the testimonies and memoirs of these men however, make it clear and without a doubt, that they believed that the Living God, the Heavenly Father, should be consulted in matters of government.
Beginning with the “Father of our Country”, George Washington, the initial Commander-in-Chief of this great Nation was not inhibited, nor limited in expressing his dependency upon God. In an address to the combined Senate and House of Representatives, Washington challenged them to unite in imploring the Supreme Ruler of nations to spread His holy protection over these United States: to turn the mechanisms of the wicked, to the confirming of our constitution: to enable us at all times to root out internal sedition…………..,that we may then unite in humble prayer to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national sins and other transgressions, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws. In a Thanksgiving day address in 1789 Washington declared that it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey his will.
In 1775, Pastor John Muhlenberg concluded his sermon: ” in the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things: There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” He then threw off his clerical robe to reveal the uniform of a Revolutionary Army Officer. That afternoon, he led three hundred men to join General Washington’s troops. Preacher’s turned the colonial resistance into a righteous cause not only from the pulpit, but also in the state legislatures and on the battlefield.
Many hours were spent in prayer during the writing of our Constitution. Patrick Henry, one of early America’s outspoken Revolutionary leaders, predicted that whether or not the newly formed United States would prove a ‘blessing or a curse will depend upon the use our people made of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed upon us. It is documented that 34% of the quoted comments of our founding fathers came directly from the Bible. Thomas Jefferson stated that the first amendment has created a wall of separation between the church and the state. But that wall is one directional. It is to keep the government from running the church, but it is not to keep the Christian principles out of the government.
Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan acknowledged their faith in their Creator and sought divine wisdom in matters of National interest. In our early history, actual church services were held in the Capitol building with up to a thousand people attending. It was not unusual for several denominations to hold services in the Nations Capitol building on any given Sunday. Sadly, in more recent years we have seen a strikingly intense falling away from Godly leadership at the helm of our government. It is true that the Lord raises up one leader and brings another down. It is also a painful realization that our God has no choice but to bring judgment upon America for its National sins ; abortion, homosexuality, immortality. We have left our first love and God is jealous!
In the Book of 2 Chronicles we read how a succession of righteous leaders in Judah led to reforms that brought the people back to tur faith in God. By Divine intervention this could happen to us. Unfortunately we have a troubling situation facing our nation in that both men running for the prestigious post of President of this great Nation, are unlearned in the ways of the Lord and follow other gods. How is it that this Nation of which forty-three states acknowledge God in their preamble, and of which the remaining seven States acknowledge God in their religious freedom provisions, would sit back and submit to a Civil Government which demands allegiance above the Lord Jesus Christ, even to the point of forbidding His name to be spoken?
Oh Lord, where are your Pastors who like John Muhlenberg, accept their responsibility to teach their flock about the corruption in our government and to inspire them to become politically active in overcoming these evils, for your glory and honor? Where are our Patriots with military uniforms beneath their Sunday-go-to-meeting- clothes? Have we no pride in our Godly heritage? Are we so backslidden that we would allow a pagan religion to rule in our government. Dear Heavenly Father, have mercy upon us!