God, the Bible, and Government

by Dave Batcheller, written in 2006.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

Most Americans have come to believe that there is supposed to be a distinct barrier, or “wall of separation” between Church and State.  The modern interpretation is that these two facets of our culture are not to be intermingled, but somehow mysteriously kept completely apart from one another.  Of course this is impossible, because someone’s values, standards and morality still end up dominating the culture or swaying public opinion.  If we do or say nothing, a secular, Godless view will undoubtedly take control.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the gradual, but determined effort to remove God, the Bible and the Christian faith in general from the mainstream of our society.  Subtly over the past 50 or 60 years, public prayer, Bible reading, the Ten Commandments and God Himself have been attacked using this devious notion of “separation of Church and State.”  Some might argue this point, yet during the same time period we have seen a tremendous decline in morality and family values; and there has been a sharp increase in crime, divorce, broken families, and promiscuous lifestyles.  More than 40 million innocent babies have been murdered through the legalization of abortion, and the nature and fabric of the family is now threatened by homosexuals insisting on special rights, marital status, and acceptance into the mainstream of our culture.

The roots of the United States of America were uniquely founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.  An honest evaluation of history demonstrates the birth and founding of this nation was by divine providence.  Of course at the heart of this issue, the accurate version of our past has been distorted, rewritten and taught to our unknowing children for several generations.  Our identity and greatness as Americans in linked to the unique, providential birthing of this nation, and the foundation of our social structure and government was clearly based upon the Bible and God’s commandments.  Drifting away from this will continue to lead us out of the blessing and favor of God and the peoples of other countries.  Please consider the following verses from the Bible:

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him…”   (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

“Therefore, the law is ignored and justice is never upheld.  For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore, justice comes out perverted.”  (Habakkuk 1:4)

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;  who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!”  (Isaiah 5:20-21)

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”  Proverbs 29:2)

“And why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me, and hears my words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like:  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when the flood arose, the river burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who has heard, and not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the sand without any foundation; and the river burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”  (Luke 6:46-49)

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