Friday, June 26, 2009
Why is it that some people think that because you're a christian (the idea of religion to most people) means that you can't be involved in politics? Where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that you cannot use christian ideas and/or principles to govern a nation? I'm very disturbed that today's government has used Thomas Jefferson's "letter" as a means to drive religion out of government, or government supported activities. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that religion cannot be a part of politics. What the Constitution does say is that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." To me, this means that Congress (or government) needs to keep out of the business of religion. And when Jefferson said to the Danbury Baptist Association that there needed to be a "wall of separation between church and state," he very well believed that government should have no involvement in how religion was to be practiced.
The problem, though, is that Thomas Jefferson's letter did not explicitly prohibit religion (the church) in being involved in political affairs. Even if he did, is Jefferson's letter law? When did that happen? When was it a bill passed and amended into the Constitution? I think we have a bunch of people who refuse to admit that Judeo-Christian principles are the nuts and bolts to our constitution.
People of all faiths (or no faith) are to participate in government. But here's the bottom line. It is the people of the christian faith that made this country great. So what if it was Jefferson's personal belief that government shouldn't show any regard toward religion? All the Constitution says is that it should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Catch that? No LAW. It doesn't mean we can't teach our children the Bible in schools or have the 10 Commandments posted in the halls of some court or governor's office or even pray before each legislative session (as they once did). We just don't make a law mandating it.
But now we're seeing the direct results of taking God (religion, church, whatever) out of government. Things are a huge mess and it's only getting worse. We're a nation that's void of understanding "right and wrong." Where else do we get our morals? From God, from the Bible! And until we understand that and repent and turn back to Him, things are only going to get worse. But understand what God says..."if My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Problem is is that we need our leaders to initiate this. Will Obama? Pelosi or Reed?