Shouldn’t we work for the separation of church and state?
Our once Christian nation hasn’t lost its way because the government seeks separation of church and state or for forbidding the government to display the Ten Commandments in courts. America lost its way because the citizens are seeking separation from God. Its not the secular government that’s leading this nation towards moral decay but it is the ungodly hearts of people that are doing that.
Some Americans are concerned about the threat of moral relativism (no moral absolutes) ruining our society. For example, euthanasia, legalizing illicit drugs, homosexual marriage, and abortion are the fruits of people who have turned their backs to God’s Moral law. By doing away with the Ten Commandments. secular people are actually loosing their standard of morality because they are depending on the carnal mind to decide what is right and what is wrong.
On the other hand, Christians should not use the government to enforce God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Religious faith should not be forced on someone who doesn’t want it. By separating church and state, we are assured that no religious power will have the authority to force the conscience of those who might not believe in the Bible.
But ensuring religious liberty does not mean forbidding the Christian to express his faith; witnessing and sharing beliefs is a Christian duty. Christians should be using their own lives as an example to reflect the spirit of the Ten Commandments. They are to share their faith with all that would like to listen.
Jesus said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–39). And He added, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). The Ten Commandments hang from these two commands (Exodus 20:2-17). Love to God makes keeping the first four commandments (which concern God) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor) a joy.
It should be noted that Christians in America should be more concerned about obeying the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) than by making them a mere display on the walls of their courts. God wants His children to have lives that would reflect His law, which is a reflection of His Holy character.