Church and State (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”

This quotation is not taken from a Christian pastor or clergyman. President John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, stated this. If a president or politician stated this today, they would undoubtedly be shamed and canceled by social media and the liberal press. Contrary to what these pundits vehemently contend, this statement is not a violation of the separation of the Church and State. President Adams was stating a fact that the founding fathers based many of the governing principles of this country upon the precepts of the Bible and Christianity. They were not advocating a theocracy. They were acknowledging and praising God for His wisdom that He imparted to men who governed a country. 

Founding a country based upon Christian ideals and principals does not mean that other religions are not tolerated. In fact, the very right to freely worship any religion is constitutionally guaranteed to all American citizens. Rather than being restrictive and exclusive, Judeo-Christian values have opened the door to the abolition of slavery, voting rights, and freedom of speech and religion. It has allowed America to become one of the most inclusive and tolerant countries in the world. Church and state are separate but work together. 

When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel. 

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (NLT)

This passage from the Book of Deuteronomy shows that God commanded all of the future kings of Israel to have a personal knowledge of His Law. The ancient Kingdom of Israel was a theocracy and God desired to set Israel as the standard by which all kingdoms could come to a saving knowledge of God. It is instructive to see that God wanted the king to have humility before his fellow citizens. Even if America is not a theocracy, many of today’s politicians could learn great lessons about leadership if they followed the advice of God!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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