to Reunite Church and State
Adams, our second U.S. president, famously observed: "Our
Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is
inadequate to the government of any other."
The U.S. Constitution, indeed our entire republican form of government,
crafted by deeply pious men who were overwhelmingly Christian. It was
within the context and framework of the Judeo-Christian zeitgeist of
and was further intended to function in harmony with a Judeo-Christian
– period. Though leftists may deny this reality, it remains
fact. The historical record is unequivocal.
Patrick Henry said this: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too
often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by
Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!"
George Washington agreed:
“Of all the dispositions and
habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are
indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of
who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness,
firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. … [R]eason and
experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail
exclusion of religious principle.”
I'll say it: I agree with George Washington. Those
secular-socialists, who, today, hold the reins of government, are
Fringe leftists like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid seek to
"subvert" Washington's "great pillars" of "religion
and morality" and are distinctly un-American for it.
Part and parcel of Obama's agenda has been to push, at a fever pitch,
most extremist pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-Christian agenda in
history. Indeed, in contrast with the deeply held religious and
moral values embraced
by our Founding Fathers, today's America is governed by an "immoral"
and "irreligious" chief executive. Barack Obama is the high priest of
secular-socialism. He seeks to undermine – if not altogether
dismantle – the
American exceptionalism that, hitherto, has been fundamentally woven
our national fabric. He aspires to the lowest common denominator.
He seeks to uproot Ronald
Reagan's "shining city on a hill" and relocate the "land of the
free and the home of the brave" to a much lower altitude, alongside
Euro-Marxist nations he so admires and wistfully desires to emulate.
The U.S. Constitution was neither intended to, nor can it, work in
with the postmodern secular-socialist worldview embraced by those on
political left. Such a worldview is, by its very nature,
counter-constitutional. Whereas the Constitution was intended to
guarantee individual liberty and
justice, limit the size and scope of the federal government and secure
of speech and religious expression; the goal of the secular-socialist
control nearly every aspect of an individual's life, to massively
size and scope of the federal government and to suppress – if not
smother – freedom of speech and religious expression.
To the secular-socialist, the Constitution is a relevant document only
insofar as it constitutes an encumbrance to "progress." It must be
and overcome at all cost, and by any means available. Why else do you
President Obama has called our original "contract with America"
– the U.S. Constitution – an "imperfect document," a
"living document … that reflects some deep flaws in American culture
Rather than properly viewing our Constitution as a God-inspired tool to
used in furtherance of Washington's "indispensable supports" of
"religion and morality," this arrogant little man, with singular
resolve and discipline, forges ahead with his thinly veiled, yet wholly
destructive left-wing political agenda: Namely, to "fundamentally
America" to reflect his own secular-socialist self-image.
Au contraire, Monsieur le
Enter the tea-party revolution (a national clamoring for a return to
nation's founding principles). America has coldly and quite vocally
Obama's anti-American agenda.
You've heard it said, but I'll say it again: People with conservative
– particularly Christians – need to take back America. We must take
charge of government at every level from the municipal hall to the
White House. It's time for men of the cloth – as they did during
the first American
Revolution – to exercise true leadership, return to the pulpit and call
national revival, both spiritual and political. As George Washington so
astutely observed, the notion that political issues, and those of
"religion and morality," are somehow mutually exclusive, is patently
absurd. They are one in the same. Am I calling for a theocracy?
Of course not. Am I calling for men and women
of strong faith to retake control of all high-level positions of
government, academia, media and entertainment? Absolutely.
The late, great Rev. Jerry Falwell perhaps said it best: "I'm being
accused of being controversial and political. I'm not political. But
issues that become political, I still fight. It isn't my fault that
made these moral issues political. But because they have doesn't stop
preachers of the Gospel from addressing them."
Pastors, priests and rabbis: It's up to you to address, head-on, these
issues. Don't be intimidated by anti-theist groups like the ACLU,
United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way
like. These hard-left outfits engage in dishonest letter-writing
schemes and file
threats with the IRS in hopes of silencing you. Don't be
Guess how many churches have been penalized, or have lost tax-exempt
due to even one of these complaints: Exactly zero. To call these groups
"paper tigers" is too strong. They're paper kittens.
Pastors: You have an absolute
right, if not a duty, to stand at the pulpit and educate
your flock about the hot-button political/moral issues of the day. You
have an absolute right to tell your flock exactly where candidates
these issues. You can even, as an individual, publicly endorse
importantly, you have an absolute right to encourage parishioners to
accordance with their faith.
Biblical values must once again guide our political and cultural
and discourse, or tragically, this great American experiment – having
survived longer than any governmental system in existence – may be at
Still, I somehow doubt that the sun has set on this, the greatest
Earth. To borrow from a truly great president, Ronald Reagan, come Nov.
suspect, instead, we'll once again awaken to a bright new future. We'll
again awaken to "morning in America."
Christians: Make it happen.
such thing as "separation of church and state" in America
(Same topic, different angle, this was a fall editorial in Oregon
attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He is author of the book “The Right Hook – From the Ring
the Culture War” and serves as Director of Cultural Affairs
with Liberty Counsel.
Original text © 2010 Matt