In my book, The Blessings of Liberty, I wrote the following:
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…
Contrary to popular belief, the words, “separation of church and state” are not listed in any of our Nation’s founding documents. Many people believe it is written in the Constitution of the United States. Many people would swear it is the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Neither is correct. Those five words do not exist, as I previously stated, in any of our founding documents.
In The Declaration of Independence, God was referred to as “Nature’s God.” Our Founding Fathers believed it was inappropriate to enforce their own religious beliefs on someone else, as all men were created equal. The Constitution of the United States was written in 1787, and the Bill of Rights in 1789. In the Bill of Rights, Amendment 1 it states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”R.6
Yet, to find out for yourself exactly what our Founding Fathers intent in writing the 1st Amendment, I highly recommend a book titled “Separation of Church as State, What the Founders Meant.”2 It is authored by David Barton.
On September 17, 1796, George Washington in his Farewell Address stated:
“Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths, which are instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principles. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”K
Our Founding Fathers NEVER intended to take religion out of our American schools, public offices or any other public arena for that matter. Yet, the past thousands of years have proven that the devil, if allowed, will pervert what God has established. So, where did “separation of church and state” actually come from? Thomas Jefferson on January 1, 1802, in his letter to the Danbury Baptists he stated:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter that lies solely between a man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship. That the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared these their legislature, should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” thus building a wall of separation of church and state. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the Nation, in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man his natural rights, convinced that he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”L
This “wall of separation of church and state” was not to restrict public religious expressions, but it was to rather protect our religious expressions from governmental interference. It was NEVER intended to exclude religious beliefs, but to rather allow for them, regardless of denomination.
Yet, in 1947, the Supreme Court used Thomas Jefferson’s “Danbury Letter” in a manner that was in opposition to its original intent, therefore resulting in decades of further debauchery, death and demoralization, as in our America today − we are reaping the fruit of those bad decisions.
The fact that this Nation was free, that all men were created equal, (except slaves, but we will get to that), put our Founding Fathers in a serious predicament. Most of them knew that God was the reason for their success. They knew that prayer, morals and godliness, had something to do with God’s favor on this Nation. They knew that God was their Creator. They also believed that leading a country such as ours, much prayer was necessary for wisdom, guidance, protection and truth. However, referring to God as “Nature’s God” in The Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers in 1776, dealt solely with becoming an independent and free Nation. It wasn’t until the Bill of Rights was written in 1789, that the matter of religion was finally documented. Anyone in our day, who felt that prayer in school was unconstitutional, had every right to go against it in Supreme Court. However, had the Supreme Court Justices maintained the original intent of the Bill of Rights, prayer would never have been removed from our public schools, nor would The Ten Commandments have been removed from our courthouses. Anyone who felt that paying tax dollars for church related items such as; statues, plaques or other religious symbols, according to the Bill of Rights, had every right to oppose it. Yet, there again, had the Supreme Court Justices presiding over these cases, kept the original intent of the Bill of Rights, those statues, plaques and other religious symbols, never would have been removed either. Had the Supreme Court Justices presiding over the Roe vs. Wade case, kept the creed that “all men are created equal” abortion never would have been permitted in this country.
President Bill Clinton on July 12, 1995 at an address at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, stated the following:
“If students can wear T-Shirts advertising sports teams, rock groups or politicians, they can also wear T-shirts that promote religion. Religion is too important to our history and our heritage for us to keep it out of schools. Nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religious free zones and requires all religious expression to be left behind at the school door. Government’s schools also may not discriminate against private religious expression during the school day.”M
President Bill Clinton brought much needed balance to this debate about prayer in school, or religious expression in our public schools. If someone is against prayer in school, that is their right. However, it is also the right of those of us who believe in prayer, and these rights should not be infringed upon – whether it is in school, the courthouse, or simply out in the community. We must respect each other’s religious beliefs and as the Word says in Psalms 34:14, “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” “Pursue” is defined as – to follow in order to overtake.1.1 We are to follow peace in such a way that we don’t stop until we overtake it. Meaning, we are to go out of our way to ensure peace. Why? Peace has the ability to stop violence. The Bible also says in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends of you, live peacefully with all men.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary man of God, who once stated:
“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”N
Lastly, I would like to know why Pastor’s are not supposed to preach government from the pulpits. I have heard some people say it is against the law. What law? I have heard them refer back to the “separation of church and state” declaring that is the reason. Yet, I wonder how many of these people who say we can’t preach government from the pulpit, have ever actually sat down and read “The Declaration of Independence,” “The Constitution of the United States,” and the “Bill of Rights.” There again, “creating a wall of separation of church and state” is not in any of these documents. Where has all of this misinterpretation and misrepresentation come from? Our Founding Fathers were God fearing men, who believed that God was necessary to lead our country. Why would they then try to remove Him from our government? Don’t you think that sounds a bit backwards? The Word of God says in Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder, And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice, from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform it.” The government is on the shoulders of Almighty God. The 1st Amendment states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
In other words, Congress will not interfere nor make a law stating who you can and cannot worship. You and I have what is referred to as, “freedom of religion.” Those words are also not in any of our founding documents. However, if your religious beliefs brought harm to property or person, the law has a higher obligation to protect the citizens of these great United States. Yet, the law doesn’t state that a Pastor cannot preach about the government from his or her pulpit. In fact the Word of God clearly states in Titus 3:1-5 “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”
In conclusion, the phrase “separation of church and state” is GREATLY misunderstood, and is GREATLY corrupted by those who have no idea of its true meaning, or by those who simply wish to use it for their own selfish gain. Thomas Jefferson NEVER intended for it to mean, “Take God out of our schools, courthouses and other public arenas.” He knew what would happen if America ever did such an immoral and deplorable act, which leads me right back to George Washington’s Farewell Address:
“Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths, which are instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.”K
John Adams once stated:
“A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? The Scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”O
In this country we have people who can kneel during our National Anthem, but they cannot kneel and pray to God after a football game! Sorry but it’s pretty freaking despicable. Before you make assumptions, learn your history.