Gospel and State

May 30, 2015

 

"It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness." (Isa 40:22, 23)

 

A French sociologist, Emile Durkeheim, wrote: “every society at its deepest foundations is religious, and the sovereign must act responsibly to respect and acknowledge this, lest the society itself deteriorate and pass into oblivion.” Arguments for a godless nation by citing the First Amendment was not implied by the founding fathers. They must have envisioned a nation under the authority of God. The most common symbols of American civil religion are the national motto, “In God we Trust”, the invocation of God’s name in the pledge of allegiance, the utilization of chaplains in our armed services, and the use of the Bible in the inauguration of political officers.

 

Sadly, the forces of evil and atheism have gained significant ground calling for a separation of church and state that rejects civil religion in the public sector. How did we get here? Certainly our Lord stands sovereign over a nation whether it acknowledges him or not. Is God moving the USA into oblivion? Let us not be too quick to point fingers as a cause for our growing secularization. Christians are to be the salt of society. If we do not engage the Gospel and live its counterculture standard, does not significant blame reside with us? We must never stop seeking ways to share our faith and live out our faith always. Salvation brings life to the lifeless and light to the darkness.

 

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” Matthew 5:13

 

--E.C. Malone 5/29/15

 

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