In a recent column, Republicans: try not to lose the evangelicals again!, I excoriated the Republicans for their dreadful outreach to Evangelical Christians and other socially conservative Americans. Now it’s the turn of the Evanjellyfish who contributed to Obama’s re-election. I’ve explained before in A Democrat’s Thanksgiving Satire that conservatives and evangelicals contributed to the election of the most Marxist and anti-Christian president in America history. This was due to both apathy and absurd perfectionism, as well as sending their kids to the atheistic Democratic indoctrination day-camps called government schools. But another reason includes widely-held fallacies, as will be shown.
Separation of Church and State?
The country has not been helped at all by far too many Christians swallowing the leftist mantra of “separation of church and state”, which is not in the Constitution. Nor have many pastors helped by keeping politics out of the Church. Even if they do, politics won’t stay out of the Church! This is shown by Obamacare forcing Christian businesses and institutions to pay for abortions (e.g. Hobby Lobby). In a number of countries around the world, the Gaystapo is forcing their views on Christians. Yet the whole point of the First Amendment is to keep the government out of the church not the other way round! Note that it says “Congress shall make no law …” not “The church shall not …” or “Hobby Lobby shall …”
Actually, the phrase “wall of separation of Church and State”, is not even in the Constitution. Circuit Judge Richard Suhrheinrich demolished this myth (with fellow circuit judge Alice Batchelder concurring) in ACLU vs. Mercer County (KY, 2005):
“The ACLU makes repeated reference to ‘the separation of church and state.’ This extra-constitutional construct grows tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state … our Nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion. … (‘There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgment by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789.’) After all, ‘[w]e are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.’ … Thus, state recognition of religion that falls short of endorsement is constitutionally permissible. [Goes on to cite many precedents]”
Of course, Judge Suhrheinrich would never be offered any promotion to a higher court now—the atheist-dominated Democrats would never nominate him, and the Gutless Old Party would cave to a Dem filibuster threat.
Actually, the phrase “wall of separation” came from a mid-17th–century Baptist, Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, in a sermon called The Garden in the Wilderness (1644):
“When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the Church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made his garden a wilderness, as at this day. And that there fore if He will e’er please to restore His garden and paradise again, it must of necessity be walled in peculiarly unto Himself from the world.”
Thus, he meant this wall to protect the garden from outside weeds, not to stop the garden escaping. So when Thomas Jefferson used the “wall of separation” in his famous letter the Danbury Baptists (1802), in the context of the day, he meant that the wall would protect the church from the state, not keep the church locked out of public life.
Christians should stay out of politics?
Also, precisely because the church has largely insisted on “staying out of politics,” the anti-church Left has just defined more and more issues as “political.” That way, the church has become marginalized while government has expanded. The Constitution was meant to marginalize the Federal Government to its enumerated power, not the Church. Even worse, some churchians have twisted Christianity so that it’s nothing more than Leftism in backward collars.
For example, the Church once preached “Do not murder.” But if the murdering is inside a mother’s womb—55 million since the infamous Roe v. Wade 40 years ago—it’s just “politics” or “a woman’s right to choose”, or even “we shouldn’t force our views on others.” I suppose the church should repent of being at the forefront of slavery abolition too. Instead, they should have sniffled, “I personally oppose slavery, but we shouldn’t impose our personal morality on slave owners”.
The church should stay out of economics?
There is also a well known biblical command: “Do not steal”. But apparently, if the stealing is sanctioned by a majority vote in Congress, it’s “political”, and the Church should just shut up. For example, I’ve even met pastors in ethanol-producing areas who strongly defend the subsidy. However, by its very nature, a subsidy is the government stealing from some taxpayers to give to ethanol producers, and forcing motorists to use their rotten “fuel”.
Another key moral issue is equality under the law, something that strongly motivated MLK. And this applies not only to skin pigmentation, but to wealth:
“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” (Leviticus 19:15)
Thus our laws should not favor the rich, but also not punish the rich. But under our “progressive” taxation, a far higher percentage of the “rich’s” earning is confiscated by the government.
Recently, one eminent Christian spoke up publicly. This was Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. At the National Prayer Breakfast, right in front of President Obama, Dr Carson lambasted the unfair tax code, including the envy-motivated “sock the rich”:
“Some people say, they say, ‘Well, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made $10. [But] where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!”
Dr Carson then overtly referred to the Bible, in front of the president who much prefers the Koran and Das Kapital:
“When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see — I see the fairest individual in the universe — God — and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe.”
Carson has always been a courageous man not afraid to proclaim his faith. Last year, he wasn’t afraid to offend Emory University’s (GA) “tolerant” atheistic academics by declaring that his faith was relevant to the real world. He is also an African American, and shamed Obama by explaining how he became successful despite being born in poverty, thanks to personal responsibility and not handouts.
The way forward
It’s more important than ever for Patriots to know and teach the Constitution. Those Patriots who are Christians need to educate their fellow Christians about the unique freedoms that the Constitution affirms. As we know from history, Christian freedoms have been very rare in the world, and if they are not fought for, they could easily be lost again.