By: J. D. Longstreet
If one chooses not to subscribe to a religion (in America) that is perfectly OK. Nowhere is it written that you must belong to one faith, or the other, to be a good citizen, or even just to be a citizen. Nowhere.
At the same time, nowhere is it written that I can’t practice mine.
A not so careful reading of the 1st Amendment will demonstrate, to anyone with an open mind, the framers had nothing to say about the mingling of religion and state. What they did not want to see was the state impose a certain religion, or denomination, on it’s people.
At the time the Constitution was written, some of the northeastern states/colonies had already established state churches. The churches in those states/colonies were a part of that state’s government. If you were a citizen of that state you were a member of that church. One, or two, European countries have the same state/church situation, even today, as the early colonies had in the 1700’s. When you are born, in those countries, you are born into the church. You remain a member until death, or, you go to court and ask a judge to allow you to leave that “state church.”
There is no such thing as separation of church and state in this country. I don’t believe the Constitution even suggests it. Only a myopic, left leaning, court could find that in the Constitution. They think they have. As soon as the conservative court becomes a fact, and not a figment of our imagination, that will be over-turned.
Having said all this, I still favor an amended 1st Amendment to make the practice of those religions that would forsake our constitutional law and replace it with some sort of religious code of laws unacceptable and even illegal in the US. There are obvious reasons for outlawing those religions in this country.
And YES, this country was founded on the tenants of the Judeo-Christian faith. One cannot read any of our state documents, or any of our founding documents, or look at our national buildings, (even the Supreme Court Building) and not be aware of that fact. The individuals and organizations attempting to strip America of her Judeo-Christian Heritage will lose. It will be messy, and tempers are going to flare, but in the end they WILL lose.
On our money the slogan says: “In God We Trust.” Sometimes we have to be reminded of that. On the top of the Washington Monument are engraved, in Latin, the words “Praise Be To God!” My sentiments exactly!
In the past few months we Americans have been reminded just how fragile our form of government really is. By rights it should never have managed to exist as long as it has. But it did. Now, however, with the onslaught of socialism on our government, those of us who subscribe to the Christian faith, and a few others, have come to the realization that there is a war going on just out of sight of the masses of Americans and it is a war for the survival of the United States.
As Christians we can sit back and say to ourselves that due to the separation of church and state, we Christians have no part in this war. That would be, and is, wrong. And this is where the connection between church and stated proves itself. See, if the current representative republic falls, so will our right to practice our faith as we choose. As Americans we must render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. As Christians we must render unto God the things that are God’s. Confusing the two only creates chaos, division, and could easily lead to the loss of the right to practice our faith openly and if could even lead to the loss of our constitutional freedoms and our liberty.
Forgive me if I cannot see how it is possible for Christians to support a socialist government in America. Yet millions of Christians, at least those that claim the mantle of Christianity, voted for it and even now rabidly support the socialist government of Obama and the Democratic Party in America. The Holy Scriptures of the Christians says as plainly as possible that Christians, anyone for that matter, cannot serve two masters.
It is my opinion, that if America is to survive these dark days of tribulation Christians must join together to save her. It is the ONLY way America will survive.