Inseparable: Church Morality and State Morality

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People complicate simple things

Subterfuge, hidden agendas, self . . . just a hint at what confounds simple concepts when humans begin to express them from a biased position. People may or may not be aware of their biases; these are inherent within our very nature.  Education can help but the greatest help comes from the wisdom GOD gives us within The Holy Bible.

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Real Human Nature

As a Christian I accept what The Bible defines our nature to be:

Matthew 15:19 ESV

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Even the best of us (those who can manage our negatives well for The Greater Good) know we fall short of perfection and must rely on a Higher Authority from whom we get a better standard than what we ourselves can establish.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

 Yes, being forewarned can and does equip us to incorporate safe guards in our organizations: Clubs, tribes, governments . . . etc.
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The First Amendment To The Constitution of the USA

. . . insures our people can enjoy religious freedom and that our law makers cannot establish a (an official State) religion. Yet did that mean our government was not to be influenced by GOD’s precepts and standards? I emphatically say NO. History may well indicate that there have been Theocracies (and still some exist) but the moral standards, “The Golden Rule” and other precepts revealed in The Holy Scriptures have a positive impact on all good people everywhere even within secular societies.  Religion is man-made but the relationship between humans and GOD exists and is important.  Religion though imperfect, usually offers a way in which people can safely live with each other; because it is the human institution that when it relies on GOD’s Word reveals everything GOD wants for us – now and for eternity.

Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptist association in  Connecticut*

* https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Solomon commands the spirits of the world to submit to his will." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6c40374c-9aae-5ac7-e040-e00a18064e61
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Solomon commands the spirits of the world to submit to his will.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6c40374c-9aae-5ac7-e040-e00a18064e61

In his letter Thomas Jefferson reinforces the safe guards guaranteed by The Constitution of The United States of America by using the metaphor “wall of separation”.  Still the standards by which we judge political candidates and their conduct in political office is the same standards we find revealed within GOD’s Word (The Holy Bible) for all of us especially our leaders.  Even Jesus illustrated the relationship between humans, Governments and God when he offered this illustration when The Pharisees tried to trick him:

Matthew 22:21 ESV

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Octavius Cæsar. (Antony and Cleopatra)" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1124-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Octavius Cæsar. (Antony and Cleopatra)” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1124-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

(in response to Jesus’s question about whose image was on the Roman coin) They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

 

and what about GOD’s Word on government?

Romans 13:1 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

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One big question: do you want a government dominated by self-interest or one dominated by the principles of GOD?

Isaiah 1:17 ESV

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Yes, the above is what GOD would have us do.

Last Words:

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I want my government leaders to use GOD’s standard in their duties because The USA is what it is because it was established using GOD’s principles and that is much more than mere tradition. Amen

 

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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