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God and government need not be like oil and water

August 7, 2010

It's easy for us to sit around and lament the state of our nation. Anyone would be a fool who would deny that we are headed down a dangerous and destructive path.

That being said, what about our part? We are commanded to pray for those who govern us. We are also told that no authority rules over us without God's permission. He is ultimately sovereign and reigns over all.

There is no leeway in the Bible for agreeing or disagreeing with the government. Nor is there a provision that says you only have to pray for your political party or for the officials who think like you do.

With this in mind, let's look at what our founding father's intentions were for this great nation.

In his inaugural address, George Washington said, " It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States " The first president of our country felt that God ruled over the universe, was in charge of the councils of the nations and supplied all the aid that we needed to compensate for our human defects.

"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States."

President Washington felt that the citizens of the United States of America had more reason to worship God than any other group of people.

"... Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained " What about those "eternal rules of order and right?" Many in our country believe that we have disregarded them through such policies as legalized abortion, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and government takeover of private industry, just to name a few.

Washington further stated:?"... The nation's morality cannot be maintained without religion and, since morality is necessary in popularly elected governments, religion is vital in maintaining the popularly elected government of the United States."

The father of our country felt that our government could not sustain itself without religion. The great experiment that is our country would have failed miserably without the acknowledgment and worship of God.

Did George Washington stand alone in his insistence that the government would fall without its citizens embracing religious beliefs and engaging in religious practices?

The third president of our country, Thomas Jefferson, was not an orthodox Christian, but he acknowledged the merits of Jesus' teachings. Jefferson lived at a time when the state of Virginia supported the Anglican Church through taxes.

He devised the famous phrase, "separation of church and state" to prevent any governing authority from establishing a religion. He didn't mean that crosses couldn't be erected on public land, or that the phrase "under God" had to be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.



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