Word from the Pastor
The issue of the “Separation of Church and State” doesn’t seem to be of any real consequence until recently. The past interpretation of the “Establishment Clause” left room for Church and State to operate with mutual respect. However, what was a tolerable past between government and religion has become increasingly more unrealistic in today’s social, materialistic, and spiritual societies. Policies have taken on the dimensions which tend to orientate us to very different and definite goals and standards. Our current government has put on social blinders that can only see the necessity of human well-being in everyday life on earth and with the utilitarian position of “whatever works.” Our leaders have adopted an understanding, philosophy, and academic reasoning to bring only a secular forbearance on our American society. So, the secular urgency to conform to this methodology is being injected into every nuance of American living defining what it means to be a human being in the United States of America. This mental and legislative process is a growing movement we need to be aware of as a people of faith with a God who also loves and cares for us as He calls and invites us each day to one day join Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
This secular process always wants more and more as it becomes more and more specific. This process demands control and power to accomplish its purposes and goals. It also seeks to push harder and harder against anything that would dare to challenge its progress. Government, if you study it and get a really good look at what is happening, does not want to deal with any aspects of life that is beyond its grasp. After all, how can public authorities safeguard individual health or reform gender relationships without subjecting such items to regulation. They have removed the highly personal decisions and private rationales to the public arena where they can exert an overriding control. Thus, those of this intent can reshape and fashion society in conjunction with their reasoning patterns and the power to control in the hands of a few without the consent of the majority.
Discernment tells us that secularity and pluralism are neither tolerant nor pluralistic. They are governing principles that absolutely insist on some things and exclude and isolate others. To make matters worse, secular leaders recognize no other power higher than their own and consequently their mandates and rationales become absolute. If not followed, these leaders deem it is because those who disagree have some banal and sub-abnormal thinking process. Even God with His own set of rules that prompt a universal love and care which should supersede the power of those who would seek to control the human condition is treated with disdain. God is viewed not as an authority needing to be heeded but rather as a competing lesser authority. The secular leaders of authority in the world of today want God to conform to their wishes or just get out of the way.
What do a people of faith in a Supreme Being need to do? It is obvious that faith should come before any secular cause. If Americans who have a faith in God that are at odds with reigning powers, we definitely have to part ways. This quest to silence and isolate religion has always been the case. The only response believers have is to become counter-cultural and make a theological stand against all that would empower themselves to become more important that God. We have throughout history faced these challenges with courage and industry. The present surge of secularism has given believers this same challenge. May we remember what was so commonly said and believed in a prioritized order, “GOD, FAMILY, AND THEN COUNTRY.”