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Independence Day: Separation of Church and State Is Not Separation of State from God (3 of 10)
Series: America in Crisis
I. The Attack Upon God And Government
II. The Analogy Of God And Government
III. The Answer To God And Government
We are on the third lesson of the series of messages entitled ''America In Crisis.'' Today the message is in the form of a question, ''Should God Have A Place In Government?'' There are two extremes on this issue. There are those who would say that God should have no place at all in government. There are those who would say on the other hand that God should run government, that the church should run the state. And neither of these is correct. But really if we want to know the answer, we find it in the same place we find all the answers to life's questions and that is in the Word of God.
Matthew 22:15-22 ''Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. ''Teacher,'' they said, ''we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?'' But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ''You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.'' They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, ''Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?'' ''Caesar's,'' they replied. Then he said to them, ''Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.'' When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.''
A mother and father got angry with their son and they were so exasperated they spank him. Then they yelled at him to come down to the dinner table. Then they yelled at him to sit down. Then they yelled at him to say the prayer. When they did this, he prayed this prayer, ''Father I thank you that you set a table before me in the presence of mine enemies!'' Well, America today is a place where many people feel like God and government are enemies. But this is not how it should be. It is not how God intended. Should God have a place in government? I hope so. God created government. Surely as God created the institution of the home and God created the institution of the church, so God created the institution of the government. Yet too many people believe that the wall of separation of church and state means the separation of God and state altogether. And yet, that is not the intention of our founding fathers.
Long ago, James Madison known as the Chief Architect of the Constitution of the United States said this, we have staked the future of all of our political institutions on the Ten Commandments of God. From the earliest days our founding fathers based their hopes, their dreams, their fortunes upon the principles of God's Holy Word. The framer ...
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