|Separate God and Government? #72
Part I of III
By Joseph Prescia
Since the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in our US Constitution, what then could be the motivation for trying to squeeze it in? Some believe that God has no place in what we are doing. Man, in his arrogance, wants to keep God out of his affairs. Darkness does not want to fellowship with light (II Corinthians 6:14). Man is playing god and does not want any interruptions into his evil deeds.
Every law of government is either based on humanism (man’s doctrine) or God (the Bible). A person has to decide whether they trust man or God more. If man is trusted more, then laws will be based upon fear rather than trusting the Almighty God. If God is removed from the everyday thoughts of a person, then they will automatically fall into trust of themselves. It’s no different than when the children of Israel forsook God on Mt. Sinai, looked to themselves, and said to Aaron, “Come, make us a god who will go before us” (Exodus 32:1). When God is expelled from the everyday affairs of man, idolatry reigns. Morals have their roots in either trusting God or man. A person cannot remain neutral; if he tries to he will naturally yield to man’s ways. Attempts to fight immorality with intellectual weaponry will cause humanism to prevail. But there is a solution.
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (NIV)
True wisdom can only come from the Word of God. Just as there are two wisdoms, one from the world and the other from the Word (James 3:15-17), so there are two sources of that wisdom, the Devil and God. Both are spiritual powers vying for a relationship with mankind. Every person is responsible to decide which way they will turn. But one cannot have all the facts to make a wise decision until they read and understand the scriptures first (II Timothy 2:15).
Socialism, Darwinism, Communism, religion and politics all allow man to be his own god. In the Old Testament, Israel at times “did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6). The biblical definition of sin is separation or independence from God. When a person no longer sees the need for God they will fall back into their own ways, which is sin and idolatry. Jesus explained where a person’s heart should be properly focused.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
We will continue this subject in Part II.
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