No government can survive without keeping at least the last six of God’s Ten Commandments. God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone (Exodus 20). The first table of stone had the four commandments that deal with our relationship with God. The second table of stone had the last six commandments that deal with our relationship with man.
Nowadays, there is a movement in America demanding that we need to require that people keep the Ten Commandments. But this is not right, even though we believe in keeping the Ten Commandments. The Law of God should not be kept by using civil laws. No Law should dictate who should we worship or how should we worship. The government should never be involved in enforcing with civil penalties the first four commandments. We live in a constitutional republic rather than a theocracy.
But, on the other hand, if a government does not endorse the last six, societies will experience total chaos. If the government does not protect life – don’t kill, if the government does not mandate the protection of property – don’t steal, if the government doesn’t support saying the truth, don’t bear false witness …etc., the society will disintegrate. So the last six Commandments should be upheld by the government. But that’s where we draw the line. A government should not legislate religion. That would go against the constitution and the freedom of religion that our founding fathers fought for.
People often quote Thomas Jefferson who talked about the wall that separates church and state. But they neglect to see that he wasn’t saying that religion should have no influence on the government. He was simply saying that the government should never dictate what the denomination of the state should be. Jefferson’s cause was to protect religious liberties from an intrusive government. Our founding fathers did not seek to eradicate religion in America for the morals of Christianity and the Judeo-Christian ethics must influence our government because they are the foundational morals for any government in the world.
A Christian should uphold the separation of church and state because when the state heads the church, the integrity of the gospel is compromised. The Lord created Humans with freedom of faith and any civil law that interferes with that is not part of God’s plan. The Dark Ages is a prime example of the tyranny that was the result of forcing the religious beliefs of the state (Catholic Church) on the citizens and tens of millions of martyrs died for their faith.
In His service,