Christian In A Secular AmericaPresentation Transcript
WELCOME! The Christian In A Secular America Parkside Bible Fellowship Adult Summer Sunday School August 30, 2009 12th Session
The Separation of Church and State
CHURCH AND STATE America, the Beautiful….A Country God Has Blessed! Why Has God Blessed This Nation?
Psalm 56: 1-4
Ephesians 5:1, 20
2 Chronicles 7:14
Fear and serve God
Put our faith in God, not man
Be Godlike and thank Him
God is our ultimate authority
Stay true to God’s Word
God’s promise to His people
God blessings who heed Him
God’s wrath upon nations who forget Him
CHURCH AND STATE French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said, "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests--and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution--and it was not there.
CHURCH AND STATE French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said, Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!“ “For Americans, the ideas of Christianity and liberty are so completely mingled that it is almost impossible to get them to conceive of the one without the other…”
Was the United States Founded On Christian Principles?
CHURCH AND STATE Depends On How The Term Christian Nation Is Defined. Every Nation Is Founded On Certain Basic Principles Or Values, And Those Values Have Their Source In Religious Belief. If by Christian nation one means a nation in which everyone is a Christian, or in which only Christians are welcome, or in which non-Christians are second-class citizens. If by the term Christian nationone means a nation that was founded on Biblical values that were brought to the nation by its Founding Fathers who were Christians or influenced by God’s Word.
CHURCH AND STATE So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God? By the documents which established this nation. Mayflower Compact 1620 Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639 Maryland Religious Toleration Act of 1649 Seven of the original 13 Colonies were founded for religious purposes. Declaration of Independence 13 State Constitutions all acknowledged God----Today, all 50 State Constitutions acknowledged God.
CHURCH AND STATE So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God? Their own religious beliefs (55 writers of U.S. Constitution) 28 Episcopalians 8 Presbyterians 7 Congregationalists 2 Reformed 2 Lutherans 2 Methodists 2 Roman Catholics 1 unknown 3 Deists
CHURCH AND STATE So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God? Their own words. Analyzing the historical record.
CHURCH AND STATE So, As We Have Reviewed What The Founding Fathers Said And Intended, What Do You Think They Would Say About Our County Today? Disallowing Christian Practice in Government and Public Removing Prayer, 10 Commandments & the Bible from Schools Teaching Evolution in Schools Legalizing / Promoting Abortion Promoting Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide Promoting / Celebrating Homosexuality Same Sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage
The Separation of Church and State
CHURCH AND STATE True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State” First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
CHURCH AND STATE “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise there of” TWO CLAUSES Establishment clause Free Exercise clause
CHURCH AND STATE Government CANNOT establish a national religion or promote one religion over another and must stay neutral in regards to religion is referred to as the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE
CHURCH AND STATE Government CANNOT stop you from worshipping as you please is referred to as the FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE
establishment CHURCH AND STATE STATE
No national religion can be established
“No governmental involvement or entanglement with religion”
Government promotes religion but remains neutral
Any type of religious group in this country
As long as it does not violate any law.
CHURCH AND STATE True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State” It was used by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, nearly 12 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified Used the phrase to assure the Connecticut Danbury Baptist Ass’n that the federal government lacked jurisdiction over religion By virtue of the fact that it was a government of limited powers and by virtue of the Establishment Clause