Posted by Leese | Posted in Danbury Baptists , Founding Fathers , God , Separation of Church and State , Supreme Court , Thomas Jefferson | Posted on 1:25 AM
First of all, let's get this whole Separation Of Church and State out of the way.
THE most popular argument for those bashing God are 8 words written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists:
... building a wall of separation between church and state.
8 words out of a whole letter.
Up until 1947, when the Supreme Court ruled on Everson v. Board of Education, the intent of Jefferson's communication with the Danbury Baptists were clear, religion was between a man and his God with no room for government to get in the middle and mandate one specific religion.
If Virginia wanted to be Catholic.. cool. If New York wanted to be Protestant.. have at it. It is the difference between alienable (government given) and inalienable (God given).
Jefferson believed that only God was the source of our inalienable rights and that the government had to be prevented from interfering with those rights and so the "wall" that is so often referenced since 1947 was intended to NOT limit religious activities in public but to limit the power of the government to INTERFERE with them.
You also have to understand that ALL the founding father's believed in God .. some more then others but none the less, they were believers. The Capitol, the Washington Monument all have references to God. Benjamin Franklin appealed for prayer at 1787's Constitutional Convention. The Capitol Building even held Sunday church services and Bible study for pete's sake!
They were believers and their belief built a nation.
So why is everything so different now? Why is there a deep seated determination to remove all references to God and Jesus Christ?
To me, the answer is simple.
Wiping out God is wiping out accountability. It means that you do what you want, ignore what it right and just, change what you want to change to move along your agenda. If it's not there, it doesn't exist... right?
God is in the hearts of his people.. you can remove the tangible but you will not remove the inalienable. And the more you try, the more our faith is made stronger.