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!
“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.  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.