How’s that for a divisive post title?
Here’s the thing though, it really shouldn’t be divisive (and I did not intend it as clickbait). From both a US political history perspective and a Christian perspective, it should be acknowledged as both historical fact and a good thing. Nothing I’m going to say in this post is new, but I hope it can provoke some reevaluation on our parts, as I believe we’ve gotten way off course.
Let’s take a minute to review the First Amendment:
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.
This was important. The founders reviewed history and recognized what happens when the government enforces a state religion – contrary to the peaceful teachings of most religions, the result was essentially always bad. We see that even with some of the first Europeans coming to America: although we severely sanitize the story, we all remember the pilgrims and Puritans coming to the New World to escape religious persecution. They were Christians seeking to escape persecution in their Christian nation.Continue reading