Separation of Church and State

IGWTWhen thinking about the next President of the United States (POTUS), what if the scene was like this, “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” That was John 12:13 and it would be great if we were about to experience something similar to the coming of Christ or the coming of a Christ-like leader but that simply is not the case. As of today, it is not going to happen because we are not positioned to elect a leader that will be leading this country through the direct guidance of God. It is a sad reality that the previous, current and next POTUS did not come and is not coming in the name of the Lord. This is not going to happen because there is a separation of church and state in our country.

The separation of church and state prevents a politician from occupying a government seat with the intent to lead through religious means.  Have you already made up in your mind who you are casting your vote for to be the next POTUS? Most people have already made their selections based on emotions, tradition, race and/or money. Many have made their selections based on reason and facts. Few have made their selections based on faith. It is extremely hard to believe someone is voting based on their faith and the faith of candidate of their choice. If the people would come on one accord and ask God to select the leader of our country then there wouldn’t be a need to vote. Oh what a dream come true that would be but the separation of church and state is the method that is in place and seemingly not going to change.

The next POTUS will be leading this country under the legislation created by men, leadership style, character and influence on various types of people. Article II of the Constitution specifies that the president has two primary job functions: to serve as chief executive of the federal government and to serve as commander in chief of the armed forces. Notice it says nothing about the guidance of our Creator.

Another Article to view is Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution which states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Article VI paragraph three helps to highlight the fact that a Christian, Muslim, Moor, Buddhist, Rastafarian, Jew or atheist could be elected to be the next POTUS.

church_stateWhy would a Christian dominant country allow a door like this to be open that could ultimately lead to a major disadvantage to Christians in this country? We have witnessed too many inconsistencies in the past and current members of all government offices but we have nominated them for good and bad reasons but none because they are or were led by God. The separation of church and state might be beneficial in many ways to particular people since we are not all God’s children within this country but this separation is starting to lean in favor of those that are not Christians within this country.

There have been and there will continue to be debates about the separation of church and state effectiveness and relevance. How long will this separation continue? We do not know because many non-believers and lukewarm individuals will say that our country has been doing fairly well without the POTUS imitating Abraham, Moses, Joshua or Christ Jesus. With the rise in hate, evil and disobedience to God throughout the world there are valid facts to us needing an Abraham, Moses, Joshua or Christ-like leader for our country. The past, current and future POTUS will argue for enforcing legislation, laws and policy to reduce crime, hate and evil but those guidelines will never effectively stop the issues. The issues derive from more than the flesh to which humans will need God’s hand to defeat the other enemies. These issues are not new as they were present within the people of the biblical era too and God would intervene to help His children. This is not to say He doesn’t help us but He will definitely do more if our country would collectively humble itself and allow Him to provide us a leader.

The separation of church and state has roots dating back to the biblical era but the people of today have to try to fix it. During the biblical era, the children of God were led by Abraham, Moses, Joshua, the Judges, David and others, but eventually the children of God wanted to be like the rest of the world as seen in 1 Samuel 8:4-9,

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.  According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

b4s_billboard072109_76993a_8colThe people of that era chose to rely on man to lead them instead of God. Notice that the people complained that Samuel was old but they didn’t say he was incompetent, evil or a terrible leader. They are the ones that started this separation and today we are collectively losing too much of God’s favor. We can’t continue to be passive about this matter as we have already witnessed attacks on where we pray, Bibles not being allowed in particular places and other efforts to stop the spread of Christianity in our own country. The United States is in need of God more than ever and the separation of church and state is not helping us but it is slowly destroying our country from within.

The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over again expecting a different result.  We are not insane and we should want a different result but we keep getting the same results because of our separation of church and state. We can find so many valid reasons to end the separation of church and state but until it ends can we please not vote for individuals that imitate the devil more than they imitate Christ Jesus. Those individuals that claim to be Christians but vote for the evillest candidate are acknowledging that their father is the devil. Our voting on earth has an impact on our seats in heaven! There is no perfect candidate but there is a worst candidate because of the separation of church and state. Keep your answer to yourself but who are you voting for and who do they imitate the most?

Calvin Brown
Calvin Brown is an Ordained Non-Denomination minister at Shechaniah River Church in Newport News, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 2009 after serving 20 years as an enlisted Soldier. During his active duty service, he participated in many major military campaigns such as deployments to Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan and received numerous awards to include two Bronze Stars. He attained his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies at Saint Leo University, Florida. Calvin currently lives in Hampton, Virginia.