US – 246,780,000 (79.5% of the Population)

If nearly 80% of the people in America consider themselves Christian then how is it the nation is divided into two dominant political parties: Democrat and Republican both representing a spectrum of values? One that leans toward the left on issues and the other to the right?  Is there not an coalescence of values, principles and perspectives among Christians that defines itself one way or the other?  I would argue Romans 12:2 holds the answer to this seemingly complex question.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The renewal of the mind is further explained by John in the New Testament when he states a Christian must love God and not the world or the things in the world.  Matthew clarified this statement by insisting, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” It is said Mathew is referring to money as “you cannot serve God and money.” True, but doesn’t it also make sense that one cannot serve a politics and God?  Otherwise, how does one know if it is God’s will he/she is discerning or the will of man? Thus, is it not the question of why can’t the majority 80% of people who are Christian agree what is “good and acceptable and perfect,” but clearly, the only way is to know God is to love God with all ones heart, mind, body and soul for then he might discern the will of God.

Doesn’t it stand to reason that the differences among us stem from this very issue that the world has gotten in the way. Or we ourselves have devoted our being in the world and to the world and not entirely to God? Perhaps, one cannot imagine what it must be like to devote oneself entirely to God as Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect sell all of your things and give to the poor.” Who in this nation can say they want to be perfect in the eyes of God? Does it not go against the rules of this world? Of course selling all of our things and giving to the poor is hardly a realistic way to live, right? Who would want to do that? Not I. It’s not because I don’t want to – it’s because I can’t. I can’t do that. Or I don’t want to. I don’t know, but I’m not going to – I don’t think. I don’t know how to let go. Isn’t this the same for politics?

Think about all the issues we hold with conviction, debate, squander time and resources to and still the poor are without shelter, food and even water. How is this the will of God? Is it? Is it the best use of time to fight for those issues we believe so much in. We as a nation put more money into the campaigns of politicians than we do the church. We dedicate more time and energy arguing, fighting and trying to convince someone of who to vote for than share the Gospel. We buy more things of the world and consume more than we do the word of God and the things of the spirit.  This is true for many, including myself, but for those who defy the nature of man may they be a shining example for us all.

So, what does this all mean for the Democrat and the Republican?  Is either party exempt from life as a Christian? No, not according to God, but there are many who believe God is exempt from Government as if never to be fused.  Huge numbers of Americans including many Christians believe the “Separation of Church and State” is by definition on purpose to keep God out of Government.  It’s the Constitution, comes the cry of many.  Foolishly, many do even think it’s in the 1st Amendment!

1st 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.” Actually, the first amendment only makes it illegal for the government to pass any law respecting an establishment of religion.” 

It’s not anywhere in the Constitution either, so if the “separation of Church and State” was not in the law then where is it? As many have come to learn the phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” was first written in a letter by Thomas Jefferson.

His purpose in this letter was to ease the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church’s business, not to keep the church out of the state’s business. [1] Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson was not a Christian nor was he affiliated with any religion in particular and scholars are left to assume he was either an Atheist or a Deist.

Why then would Thomas Jefferson concern himself with the Baptists in Connecticut? The Baptists in Connecticut had first written a letter to the president, Thomas Jefferson,  voicing their concerns about religious freedoms. It was Jefferson’s response to those concerns that he wrote back a letter clearly defining the “wall of separation between the church and the state.”  He was simply emboldening the power of the 1st amendment.

Surprisingly, Jefferson even attended church on government property no less, in the House of Chambers of the U.S. Capital.  Not only was Church held on government property, but the Gospel was also preached in the Supreme Court Chambers. How is it then the President, a founding father of the constitution and in the canals of justice God was one with Government, but a little over 200 years later it appears by many “the separation of church and state” means keep God out of Government?

I can only assume the will of man has brought about such a radical shift from the original meaning of the Constitution. However, it is every man/woman’s right under the constitution to practice ones faith and do so publicly.

As Christian we must forgo the trap of politics and money and instead love God more and allow God to discern for us and our Nation.  Then perhaps we may not define ourselves Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative and instead call ourselves Christians.  Let’s not be “politically correct” in the terms of politicians, pundits, celebrities and endorsors of this world, but instead when someone asks, “Are you Republican? Democrat? An independent?” Answer like this, I am a Christian and that is all I am and nothing less than a servant of God.  See then how the world responds – if in haste opposed love them as God loves you.

I pray our nation might find itself once again one with God.

[1] http://www.allabouthistory.org/separation-of-church-and-state.htm

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Culture War

I get so fed up sometimes, but then I take a moment and asked God how do I get through to these people and he answers. Bring them to me I will take care of it.

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1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.

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Peace through strength

A gun rights advocate and many gun owners believe firearms are a measure of security; personal security. A learned gun owner understands the responsibility, liability and laws of owning a firearm. To a Catholic such as myself it’s a pro-life issue; the defense of life. Anti-gun folks who wish all guns be banned and gun control advocates who lobby for erroneous restrictions and bans are alike in that they believe guns are the problem. If there is anything to blame for the atrocities and mass killings over the recent past it’s our own vigilance as a nation.

My prayers are with the families of Newtown, Connecticut. May God bless the children and the parents of such an awful tragedy. I pray that those lost to such senseless madness are forever living on in heaven with the full power and the glory of an everlasting life with our Father in Heaven.  May Christ heal the wounds of the sick and weary and bring peace to the grieving. May God reveal his Love for all in this time of reflection and may we address the issue of gun control sensibly and responsibly.  And please, God restore our faith, our trust and our strength in You. In the name of the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit may God be with us all.

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All things to all men

Whoever teaches must become “all things to all men” (⇒ I Cor 9:22), to win everyone to Christ. . . Above all, teachers must not imagine that a single kind of soul has been entrusted to them, and that consequently it is lawful to teach and form equally all the faithful in true piety with one and the same method! Let them realize that some are in Christ as newborn babes, others as adolescents, and still others as adults in full command of their powers…. Those who are called to the ministry of preaching must suit their words to the maturity and understanding of their hearers, as they hand on the teaching of the mysteries of faith and the rules of moral conduct.

The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.

-The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Mass

I remember when I was first becoming a Catholic Christian. I would literally run from my place of work at noon to make it to the 12:10 Mass down the street. I was often out of breath as I gathered myself before walking into the doors of the church. It was a liturgical Church and Mass was new to me and so there was a bit of a learning curve, but there was no delay in the grace of God. Herein are memories of Mass and may you the reader find the joy of prayer as God graces you with His presence.

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin and all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. – Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. – Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father; Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us: you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. – For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good, and the good of all His Church.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

-Amen

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Prayer for Atheists

May God be with all the people now and forever.

-Amen

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