Separation of Church and State and the First Amendment
When the issue of Church/Christian involement in government arises, someone usually says something like, “You can’t force God on people!” I would agree. Genuine Christianity never forces anyone to accept it, but presents the case for Christ and expects the risen Lord to do the work of transformation in the human heart.
We also hear voices crying,"Separation of Church and State!" as if it is enshrined in the Constution. Those same voices often advocate the removal of the Bible, prayer, the Ten Commandments, and all symbols of Christ from schools and public places. But anyone who understands history and loves freedom must object to these restrictions on Christianity.
The idea of “separation of church and state” as usually presented today, is supposedly found in the First Amendment. But that is a myth. The phrase “separation of church and state” is found nowhere in the Constitution, the Amendments, or the Declaration. Nothing is said about keeping prayer or the Bible out of public schools or God out of government. In fact, James Madison, who is considered the primary author of the First Amendment said:
“The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”
John Adams, a founding father and the 2nd president of the United States, said:
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were …the general principles of Christianity… Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
The attempted removal of all things Christian from public life that we see today, which has unfortunately been quite successful, is a direct violation of the First Amendment which says:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
In other words, controlling the exercise of religion is off limit to lawmakers. The wall of separation of which Thomas Jefferson spoke in his letter to the Danbury Baptists was a one-way wall. The First Amendment was designed to keep the government out of the church, not keep Christian principles out of government.
This is one of the issues that are important to me. It will be a guiding principle if I am elected to the Iowa House. Please use the contact form and let me know what is important to you.