Friday, May 4, 2012

Keeping Him Plumb Out Of It

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A lot has been made of the [separation of church and state] in the United States of America over the years.  I may be mistaken, but I am fairly sure that it started when the founding fathers of this country sought to avoid many of the problems that had plagued the governments of most (if not all) of the European countries down through the centuries, with the official recognition of one particular set of religious beliefs over all others appearing to directly lead to the fall of many of them.

Be assured that the making and breaking of governments in this world is something that our Heavenly Father does indeed do—regardless whether He is acknowledged or not.  For it is written: “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.  What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.  If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.  To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.  He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.  He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.  He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.  He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.  He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.  He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.  He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.  He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.  They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.”  [Job 12:13-25 NIV]

No, the United States of America was not established as a Christian nation, but this does not mean that our Heavenly Father did not have a hand in its birth, nor has had a hand in its growth.  For it is also written: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. [Romans 13:1 NIV]

The key to understanding what is going on has to with the absolute truth of the matter truly being that this world was never meant to last but for a little while in comparison to the whole of eternity, and that what our Heavenly Father has been wanting to accomplish is for as many as will from amongst all of mankind to freely want to spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven as heirs to all that is His in glory.  Subsequently, the establishment of an evil government works as well as a good one does toward accomplishing His purposes, and in many respects, it works better.  For the awful truth is that most of us only think of Him when things are going bad.

Ironically, liberals generally want what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, such as seeking to take care of the poor and needy, while refusing to even acknowledge His existence—let alone give Him credit for placing that desire in their hearts.  Equally as ironic, conservatives generally do not want to share anything with anybody while singing His praises for all to hear.

Alas, despite the insistence of many of the political pundits that the 2012 presidential election should only be about the languishing American economy, debates over the differences in their religious beliefs will undoubtedly become more heated as the opposing forces march toward the final showdown on November 6th.  For with President Obama being a member of the [United Church of Christ], along with being accused of secretly being a [Muslim], and the expected Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, being a [Mormon], there is certainly plenty for the lunatic fringe on both sides to get heated about.

However, do any of them truly believe that the way this country will go is in our Heavenly Father’s hands, and that it will be as it should be for us all in the end?  Quite sadly, most (both in and outside of the American Christian community) want to keep Him plumb out of it.

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Mike Golch said...

Sadly there are those that seem to think that this is a christian nation only.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Mike!!! What is even worse is wanting to believe that our Heavenly Father established this country to take the place of Israel as the promised land.