Recently, the Roundup published a story about a Christian accountability group regularly attended by some public officials.
Councilman Dick Wolfe said he declined to join the group on the basis that "the separation between church and state is sacred". Wolfe felt that the group was mixing two worlds better left apart. Unfortunately for Wolfe, and others like him, a misunderstanding of Christianity and political history is exactly what is wrong with many government officials today.
Christianity, not the religion, but the personal relationship with Jesus Christ enjoyed by believers, is what provides us with hope, and a moral compass to guide us through this world. It also requires a responsibility from believers to follow the teachings of the Bible. It is true that many of us fail, and sometimes often. But we are human, imperfect and look to the Lord to guide us in our imperfection. Government and much of today's society is severely lacking any real moral code. and this is evident in politics, in movies we see, the high crime rate, the lack of respect our children have for elders, including school teachers, policemen and parents, and in many other areas. The Bible is the answer for many of our problems and government officials should consult it more regularly.
Also, the "mythical separation of church and state" is just that -- mythical. There is no such statement in either the Constitution or its amendments. The phrase "separation of church and state" was penned in a letter by Thomas Jefferson and simply meant, as stated in Amendment 1 in the Constitution, that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". In other words, there can be no Church of the United States, similar to the Church of England. However, our forefathers were devout Christians and did not intend to leave Christianity out of government.
As Woodrow Wilson said, "The Bible . . . is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life that really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture."
And, according to Thomas Jefferson, "The God who gave us life gave us liberty ... Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction . . . that these liberties are the gift of God? The Bible is the cornerstone of American liberty."
We need more of Jesus Christ and the Christianity of our forefathers in our lives and in our government, not less.
Michael Steelman, Strawberry