Politics and Religion

Our constitution was made only for a moral and righteous people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other. John Adams

We are not a Christian nation. Barack Obama

One of our elders at the church where I preach has an interesting philosophy: He does not like doing business with anybody who doesn't believe in Hell. When you think about it, the reasoning is pretty sound. A person who does not believe in Hell is subject to his own moral code. If that includes lying, cheating and stealing, then why not, because he believes in no future punishment. On the other hand, a person who believes in both an eternal reward and the eternal fire will likely conduct his business with those beliefs firmly in mind.

As I look at our current state of politics, I am convinced that it is not producing the type of government that our founders had in mind. Thomas Jefferson, who has been misrepresented as being staunchly opposed to religion in the public square, did the exact opposite in real life. As President, he had the duty of chairmanship of the public schools in Washington D.C. One of his official acts during that time was to order the use of both the Bible and Watts Hymnal (a Christian songbook) in all of D.C.'s public schools. This is part of our history, yet his famous comment to a clergyman on the separation of church and state has been misapplied and misused over and over, depending on the whims of our politically appointed judiciary.

There is little question that our modern day politicians have run from religion (except when expedient to "look" religious). Maybe it is time for a new standard. Maybe it is time to refuse to vote for anyone who does not believe in Hell - or, for that matter, anyone who acts like they don't. We have ignored morality in our elections for many years now because of a fool's belief that politics should be divorced from religion. How's that working?

We have a nation of great value that is worth the effort it will take to rescue from the actions of godless men. It can be saved if we return to the standards of those who founded our nation and its constitution. In short, it can be saved if we as a nation return to God. It is time, I believe, to return people to positions of leadership who have not forgotten who we are.

When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when wicked men rise to power, men go into hiding.

Proverbs 28:12, NIV