Saturday, December 10, 2005

God’s Separation of Church & State

There has been much talk in the culture recently regarding the desire on the part of certain elements of society to use the issue of a separation of church and state to essentially force all references to Christianity out of the public arena. Some examples include judicial attempts to remove Christian symbols and images from courthouses, state flags, public parks or other federally controlled land etc. Forty years ago the push began in earnest with the removal of prayer from school grounds. The official position by sponsors of this type of activity such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other secularists is that these symbols impose an ‘undue burden’ on the members of society who do not share a belief in the Christian religion. The fact that over 70% of the population views themselves as Christian and so are in favor of these symbols is irrelevant as far as passing the ‘undue burden’ test. Apparently it would not be an undue burden to them to have these images removed.

It is interesting to note that God too has a version of separation of church and state as well. In fact His version is likely to please groups such as the ACLU…at least in theory. His version is commonly known in Christian circles as ‘The Rapture’ - the sudden removal of all genuine Christians from the face of the earth. To illustrate this, please read the biblical verse below:

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words. (The New Living Bible)

Oh the ACLU types will be thrilled – their opponents in the culture wars (the Christians) will indeed be separated from the state: physically and permanently!

The secularists will be able to reshape the culture in their own image. It is ironic to note that the shape of our current culture is close to that image now anyway. However, just think of their nirvana: no Christians to impose their outdated religious views on the rest of the enlightened world. No prayers being imposed on unsuspecting children in schools, no outcry against the aborting of children who are inconvenient. A blissful society indeed.

So just give it a little time all you fans of the separation of church and state, God is hearing your cry, and He will be responding in due time.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is why no one seems to be bothered by the other religion being taught in schools. Secular Humanism, from my understanding is a registered religion in the United States and one of its premier doctrines is evolutiion. I do not think evolution is a science anymore that I believe creationism is a science. Both require faith. So why is the religion of the humanist allowed and not that of the creationist. Speaking of science, why is there very little mention of the truth. The bible calls it "science, so called."
James Kelley
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Ed Darrell said...

Impossible to tell where to begin -- the lack of information and understanding about constitutional law and the separation of church and state? The historical misdirection (it was 50 years ago that people first violated the tradition and law that said governments wouldn't sanction prayer; that it took ten years to get it to court isn't a measure of any opposition to religious symbols; that opposition doesn't exist)? The misguided judgment of the science of evolution as religion instead? The bizarrely false claim that "secular humanism" is a faith, and promoted by government?

Take the scrolls out of the clay jars and read them once in a while.

Anonymous said...

Wow!
I like your connection of current events to Bible prophecy....our blessed hope of being raptured at Jesus' appearing. Indeed, truly will be the seperation of the invisible Church from the apostate visible Churches or State run Churches...and the State. There will be one world religion after the Mother of Harlots is destroyed (Revelation 17:16 & 17) and that will be Humanism with the Beast as the only object of worship and which the world will look to as their Savior during the seventieth seven. Then Jesus will return with us...the Church..as His wife (Revelation 19) to regain His wifes honor that Humanism had slandered and despised by throwing the Beast and the false prophet alive into the lake of fire and slaying all atheistic humanist with the sword from His mouth! Finally the devil will be chained and bound for a thousand years (Revelation 20). I cannot wait for Jesus to reign supreme over this weary, blighted, cursed world. MARANATHA!

A God who sends people to Hell?