UNDER ATTACK – CHAPTER 8

What Role Does God Have In Our Government?

“The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray” (President Ronald Reagan’s Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer, September 18, 1982).

In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court banned officially-sponsored prayer in America’s public schools. This was followed, in 1963, by a further ruling of the Court when it prohibited Bible reading and the praying of the Lord’s Prayer in schools. Furthermore, in 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the Ten Commandments to be posted in a public school classroom. Then, in 1992, the Court ruled it was also unconstitutional for the state to sponsor prayer at school promotional activities and graduation ceremonies. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that student-led and student-initiated prayer before a football game was unconstitutional. The three dissenting justices, William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas, wrote that the majority opinion rendered by the other six justices “bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life.”

Collectively, in the five cases above, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer, Bibles, and the Ten Commandments must be banned from government schools because such cases represented violations of the constitutional principle of “separation of church and state.” However, “separation of church and state” can be found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. Instead, we find the following “Establishment Clause” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

The First Amendment further states that Congress shall make no law “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Again, nowhere in the U.S. Constitution do we find the words, “separation of church and state,” nor do we find a principle upon which the fabrication of such a phrase could be justified. What is clearly stated is that the federal government may not establish a religion, and it may not prohibit Americans from freely engaging in religious activities—such as praying, Bible reading, or posting of the Ten Commandments.

If we cannot find “separation of church and state” in the U.S. Constitution, where can we find it? We simply need to read Article 52 of the 1977 Soviet Constitution which stated the following:

Citizens of the USSR are guaranteed freedom of conscience, that is, the right to profess or not to profess any religion, and to conduct religious worship or atheistic propaganda. Incitement of hostility or hatred on religious grounds is prohibited. In the USSR, the church is separated from the state, and the school from the church.

Similar Articles were placed in previous Soviet Constitutions as well!

A careful reading of the Bill of Rights reveals that it places restrictions on the U.S. Government, but not on “We the People.” In order to transplant the Soviet constitutional principle of “separation of church and state” and construe it in the U.S. Constitution, the “justices” on the U.S. Supreme Court had to ignore or distort both the wording of the U.S. Constitution and the founder’s original intent. In each of the five decisions outlined above, the U.S. Supreme Court violated the clearly stated constitutional principle that Congress, and thus the federal government, shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion—anywhere, at any time. No exceptions are listed.

In addition, the First Amendment further states that the federal government may pass no law “abridging the freedom of speech.” Clearly, voluntary, spoken prayer, as traditionally said at school graduations, football games, and in public school classrooms, would most certainly be deemed the type of “free speech” which the federal government may not abridge.

In establishing the doctrine of “separation of church and state,” the U.S. Supreme Court made reference to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. In this letter, written to a group of Baptists and Congregationalists in Danbury, Connecticut, Jefferson was responding to searing criticisms launched against him, including charges that he was an atheist, and even an infidel. Jefferson, as a newly elected president, was essentially telling them to back off, stating that there should be “a wall of separation between church and state.” Jefferson was, therefore, telling them they could not use their religious standing as a basis for criticism of a political figure, given that church and state are separate institutions. Of course, as American citizens, they could criticize Jefferson and other political figures; however, as religious leaders, they could not impose church doctrine or their religious beliefs upon a political figure.

It must also be noted that, in his 1982 book, The Second American Revolution, John W. Whitehead reported that Thomas Jefferson not only founded the University of Virginia, but he also encouraged states to meet, pray, and worship together on campus. Jefferson further encouraged students to meet and pray on campus with their professors. Whitehead also noted that Jefferson authored the first plan of public education, which was adopted by the City of Washington. In this public educational plan, Thomas Jefferson recommended the employment of the Bible and the Isaac Watts Hymnal as teaching aides to help students learn how to read.

As reported by WND.com, Congressman Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, said that our forefathers saw the U.S. Constitution as a document designed to protect the church from the state, and not vice versa. Gohmert said, for example, that James Madison, who is recognized as the father of the U.S. Constitution, attended non-denominational Christian worship services every Sunday inside the U.S. Capitol, which is now called Statuary Hall. James Madison was joined by Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Two Founding Fathers, both of whom served as presidents of the United States, met to pray and worship God every Sunday on government property. Yes, they prayed inside the very chamber where Congress routinely conducted government business from 1807 to 1857.

In light of Jefferson’s encouragement of students to pray on the public University of Virginia campus (even with the professors), his educational plan that included the use of the Bible (which contains the Ten  Commandments) to teach reading in public schools, and the fact that Thomas Jefferson attended Christian church services on federal government property, how could any honest, rational person conclude that Thomas Jefferson believed in a “wall of separation” that prohibited prayer, Bible reading, and the posting of the Ten Commandments in American public schools or on any government property? How could anyone conclude that the federal government could prohibit the free exercise of religion in this manner when the U.S. Constitution states, in plain English, that the federal government may not prohibit the free exercise of religion? How could anyone conclude that a taxpayer could not pray on taxpayer-funded property?

It should also be noted that the last paragraph of the U.S. Constitution states the following:

Done in convention, by the unanimous consent of the States present, the 17th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1787, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 12th. In Witness thereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names. (Bold letters added.)

Use of the wording, “in the year of our Lord 1787,” clearly violates the “constitutional” principle of “separation of church and state” as defined by the federal government today! Therefore, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Constitution is unconstitutional! The fact that the U.S. Constitution contains the words, “in the year of our Lord 1787,” demonstrates, beyond all doubt, that Court decisions regarding “separation of church and state” were, and remain, conspicuously illogical and, therefore, indefensible.

Because news, information, and education are dominated by the political Left, most Americans are truly ignorant of the role of God and religion in the lives of our Founding Fathers. Most Americans do not know that the founders of our government were deeply committed to their religious faith and the concept of religious liberty.

Does the World Love Your Pastor?

At the core of the Tea Party, we find Bible-based, conservative Christians. They are moral people who wish to see a return to honest, lawful, constitutional government. This, however, will never happen unless we restore God to his rightful place—at the center of our government and our society. Since the U.S. Supreme Court began to remove God from the public sector of our culture in 1962, we have seen continuous growth in government and a steady decline in our personal freedom.

In Deuteronomy 8:19-20, we find that God destroyed nations which turned their backs against Him, and He warns us that we also risk destruction if we follow the same path. Therefore, we must return God to government, but we can only do so through the efforts of godly people. Conservative Christians must work together to achieve this goal. We must approach our pastors and ask them to address this issue publicly.

When pastors are approached, they often state that they do not want to mix politics with religion and, therefore, decline to speak to their congregations about the need to return God to government; but we must remind them of Ephesians 6:12, where we find the following: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The Bible tells us that, when we challenge corrupt “flesh and blood” politicians, bureaucrats, and their minions, we are not fighting against them, but against the dark spiritual forces operating behind them. It is most certainly the duty of every Christian to battle “against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ask your pastor if he recognizes this as his solemn duty.

Your pastor may complain that his church is registered with the government as a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, he will jeopardize the church’s tax-exempt status if he engages in political activities. The IRS website states that a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization “may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.”

However, at the chalcedon.edu website, your pastor can be guided by former IRS agents and tax attorneys. They will inform your pastor that all churches automatically have tax-exempt status with the IRS, whether or not they have 501(c)(3) status. Additionally, your pastor will learn that he can endlessly engage in issue advocacy. Such speech by your pastor is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to a pamphlet issued by the Alliance Defense Fund, Issue advocacy, however, may not be limited by government and can be freely engaged in by churches. As long as one does not use explicit words expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, one is free to praise or criticize officials and candidates— this is called issue advocacy.

According to the Alliance Defense Fund, there is no law that restricts churches from defining moral positions and asking people to vote accordingly.

After educating your pastor, if necessary, hand him a signed petition requesting that he address his congregation with the need to return God to government. Perhaps the petition could include the two Bible messages from Deuteronomy and Ephesians as we have just noted. Have the petition signed by as many like-minded individuals as possible from among the pastor’s flock. The more signatures you garner, the more persuasive will be your petition. You pastor will know that for every single signature on the petition, there may be 10, 20, or more members of his flock who are also concerned about the disastrous course this nation has been following since at least the 1960s. Pastors always take a head count, for they know the larger the number of sheep in their fold, the larger will be the collection offering.

Remind him that pastors played a leading role in the American Revolution, and perhaps God has put him in his current position so he can lead his people in a revival to restore the godly nation founded by our forefathers. Remind your pastor that, like pastors before him, he must be guided by 2 Corinthians 3:17 which states: “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Conversely, when the Spirit of the Lord is absent, there is bondage; and we have been sliding into increasing levels of bondage for many generations. It’s time to reverse course and time for your pastor to lead a revival!

Remind your pastor that he is not here to be liked, but to save souls. Providing him with verses which contain the words of Jesus may be helpful. “And ye shall be hated of all men for My Name’s sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). You could also add these two verses from John 15:18-19 which say:

If the world hates you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of this world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore, the world hateth you.

Ask your pastor if the world hates him the way it hated Jesus. If he wants to be loved by the world, he is certainly not following in the footsteps of Jesus.

If your pastor decides he would rather be loved by the world and refuses to help us put God back into government, it may be time for you to seek a new pastor and a new church. You may also remind him that the Bible addresses sins of omission as well as sins of commission. Clearly, if your pastor is not part of the solution, then he is, by default, part of the problem! Whether or not you receive the help of your pastor, you must keep fighting the fight. You must continue to join forces with like-minded citizens and work to return America to its founding principles.

Finally, ask your pastor what he is doing to stop the spread of Islam in our schools and our government? Among Muslims there is no such thing as “separation of church and state.” An Islamic state is a theocracy, and infidels must either convert to Islam or be beheaded. Those who get their news and information outside the so-called mainstream media know that Islam has infiltrated our public schools as well as our government. A simple Internet search will reveal many examples; but now we must ask, why has Christianity been expelled from our schools and replaced with Islam? Why does the Soviet constitutional principle of “separation of church and state” apply to Christianity but not to Islam? What hypocrisy!

Tea Party members make up a small but determined group of American patriots. They must expand their numbers. By enlisting the help of preachers and pastors nationwide, the Tea Party can tap into thousands of churches which contain millions of like-minded individuals. Many conservative Christian Americans are busy making a living and raising a family; and politics is often placed on the back burner; but time is short. It’s time to get them involved in politics. As a matter of fact, it may be now or never!

As noted in Chapter Six regarding immigration, the number of liberal and left-leaning moderate voters will increase dramatically as immigration increases, especially if amnesty is granted. Tea Party voters and like-minded voters may soon be over-whelmed at the polls. As stated in Chapter Four, that is why we hear false claims that we are a democracy, which is essentially mob rule. Soon, we may simply be outnumbered by foreign-born voters who do not share our traditional American values of limited, lawful, constitutional government; and don’t forget how many illegal aliens fraudulently voted where Voter ID laws did not block their participation. As reported in Chapter Six, this is the true purpose of unchecked immigration: It’s not about jobs, but about cancelling out your vote and the votes of other conservative Christians! Yes, time is short. If necessary, re-read Chapters Four and Six to refresh your memory.

Although estimates vary, many believe there are about 330,000 Christian churches in America today. In January, 2014, Gallup reported that 38 percent of Americans self-identify as conservative, 23 percent as liberal, and 39 percent as moderate. If the political orientation of Christian churches are consistent with these percentages, conservative and moderate pastors and their congregations make up 77 percent of church attendees. Thus, of the 330,000 Christian churches in America, perhaps as many as 77 percent, or 254,100, may be receptive to the Tea Party message. This is the gold mine we Christian conservatives must tap.