Recently, I had a rather robust conversation with a retired Lutheran pastor. He argued in separating church from state because it allows co-mingling, and then America is headed toward a theocracy, much like Islam and Sharia law. His premise was false therefore, his conclusion was false. A theocracy is a form of government when one person rules in the name of God above all other wills, including that of the people. America was not founded on this principle. Below are some Bible verses used in the United States Constitution – yes, the Bible is quoted throughout the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – about one third of each document has direct or indirect quotes and principles taken from the Word of God.
Jeremiah 17:9 Separation of powers, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Exodus 18:21 Republicanism, “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
Isaiah 33:22 Three branches of government, “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.”
Ezra 7:24 Tax exemption for churches, “Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.”
The Founding Fathers had a great love for separation of church and state – so that the two institutions would not run each other, but they did not have a great love for separating God from government. Do not fall for the fear-mongering tactic that separation of church and state is a good and vital thing. This is completely wrong and frankly a ploy of the devil to keep Christians out of the political arena. It is an intimidation tactic!
On the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Independence, President Calvin Coolidge declared the inspiration for our country is…God. (Read whole text here)
“No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped.”