There are people who have been trying to argue that our country was intended to be run separate from any and all religious influence, and they have appealed to a single document by a single one of our founders to make the argument – ignoring the thousands of other documents which influenced our founding and the hundreds or thousands of other people who had at least as much influence on our nation’s founding. John Adams had more influence on our nation's founding than Thomas Jefferson did, and Adams DID NOT believe in total and complete separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson was not a king. He was not a saint. He was not a god. And he certainly did not speak for ALL the American people. He was the primary writer of one document (The Declaration of Independence), but not the only writer of it. So it is ABSOLUTELY ABSURD to take a single line (out of context I might add) from a single one of his letters and build an entire doctrine or philosophy on it (i.e. the “separation of church and state”). But this is how ignorant or self-interested people work and have always worked. It’s no surprise. Whenever they can’t win the argument, they either start calling you names (ad hominem attack) or they start distorting the record, using deceit. They figure that, if enough of them start telling a lie enough times, then the uneducated masses will start to believe it. This is exactly what has happened with the entire “separation of church and state” issue. One man and one letter do not trump ALL the other people and ALL the other documents. That’s NOT how democracy works.
To get a flavor of how religious and Christian our founders were, you only have to look at the Declaration of Independence. At the time that it was written, there was a long-running philosophy which held that monarchs were appointed by God to rule, and therefore, they could do as they pleased because they were working on God’s behalf. As you can imagine, this led to all sorts of abuse of power. So, over the centuries various groups of people tried to establish a body of rights for the people that worked outside of the power of the monarchy, and as such could not be attacked or withheld by the monarch. The Magna Carta was one such document which established rights for the people that the monarch could not usurp. By the time that our nation was founded, various philosophers had argued over the rights of the monarch and the rights of the people. One famous philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, wrote a book titled The Leviathan, which argued for the divine right of kings to rule. He wrote the book during the English Civil War in order to make an argument for the absolute power of the king, unfettered by the people.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will enjoy the blessings of liberty this day and that you will thank your God for the many freedoms you enjoy in this country or other countries where you may be living.