As a former Evangelical/Pentecostal/Protestant Clergyperson I always find it strange when Christians say things like, “God was taken out of public schools” or “You secular humanists want to keep God out of government.” What nonsense.
They seem to have an awfully teeny tiny small lower-case lord.
And, of course, the truth is, religion is still freely running all over the public square.
Makes my head shake and eyes roll uncontrollably.
Somehow this relates to an article I just read on the Americans United blog regarding the Founders and their view on who could serve in public office. Linking this with my recent post on the states that ban non-believers from public office, I find this a nice balance:
“Revolutionary War-era constitutions in North Carolina, New York, Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware, Tennessee, Maryland and Kentucky banned members of the clergy from running for office, says Fea.
North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution says “that no clergyman, or preacher of the gospel of any denomination, shall be capable of being a member of either the Senate, House of Commons, or Council of State, while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.”
The New York Constitution of 1777 is similar. It states, “And whereas the ministers of the gospels are, by their profession, dedicated to the service of God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their function; therefore, no minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, under any pretense of description whatever, be eligible to, or capable of holding, any civil or military office or place within this State.”
Ready for it? Common sense secular citizens would never support these laws, just as common sense people of faith would not support banning non-believers from office.
Here’s the real question though: If “God” is in government (whatever that means), which God would that be? A follow-up: What party does God represent? And, lastly, doesn’t He/She have anything better to do in the Universe than mess around in the government of one nation on one blue grain of sand spinning in space?
Sounds to me we have a problem: One God Under Nation. . .