There is great confusion regarding the relationship of Church and State. Misconceptions of our Founding Fathers intent have been accepted as fact. They are indeed myths.
Myth #1: Most people believe that a system of law and its principles can be religiously or morally neutral when in fact, neutrality is impossible. Some authority, whether God or man, is used as a reference point for all laws. If a political system rejects one authority, it adopts another. If a biblical moral system is not being legislated, then an immoral system is. Any moral system that does not put Jesus Christ as its center, denies Christ. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other…”
Myth #2: The First Amendment calls for a “separation of Church and State.” The First Amendment says nothing about Church and State or a separation between the two. It simply states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Based on this the State can have NO jurisdiction of the Church. Its purpose was to protect the Church not to disestablish it.
Myth #3: The constitution is silent regarding Christianity. It assumes that the U.S. was never Christian in its basic ideals and values because the Constitution does not specifically mention Christianity. Fact: the purpose of the Constitution was never to give religious content to the nation. Rather, the Constitution was an instrument whereby already existing religious values of the nation could be protected and perpetuated. The Constitution is full of Christian values. It acknowledges Sunday as a day of rest (Article 1, section7) and there is a direct reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Myth #4: Sates were to be religiously neutral and the federal government had an obligation to ensure that the states remain religiously neutral. They were not neutral, but were, in fact, explicitly Christian. For the sake of space if any readers would like references, please contact me and I will provide them.
Myth #5: Historically the concept of the separation of Church and State has been part of official government policy. There is no such evidence in existence to back up this assertion. Its absence does not give permission to make fact the opinion of private individuals or groups that there should be a separation of church and state. Opinion does not make a ‘great American principle’. Jefferson said that the First Amendment guaranteed that there would be no establishment of any one denomination over another. (Danbury Baptist Association)
This is what Jefferson said about this: “In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the General Government.
The president of the United States is given the oath of office on the Holy Bible. It is tragic that many presidents swear an oath on the Word of the sovereign God they know nothing about. Those who would isolate religion from government, business and education are attempting to destroy the Christian religion. While trying to make this country free from religion, they are destroying the nation. There is no reason government and Christianity cannot work together. This has been the American tradition protected in the First Amendment.
Why are we rewriting history?
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.”