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Separation Of Church And State

How should a christian view the separation of Church and State?

Moderator - It's meant to protect the Church from the state not the other way around.

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I believe Jesus mentioned something about rendering unto Caesar what was Caesar's and unto God what was Gods
---alexia on 9/14/07

The founders of the United States were freemasons and deist. The Idea of a 'republic' is 100% a pagan secular notion. "Keep religion out of goverment, goverment out of religion, mixing them corrupts both" -Thomas Paine.

The religious right has no concept of pluralism, freedom of religion, to say "Christian America" is an oxymoron.
---MikeM on 9/14/07

the only separation ordained by God that I know of is summed up in scripture. BE IN THE WORLD ,BUT NOT OF THE WORLD.
---tom2 on 9/14/07

separation of church and state?well the bible tells us that no government,or king has its conception without Gods allowing it to come to pass.and try as they might deny, even athiest have a spirit and soul connected to the are everyones decisions,even thise in government who don,t believe. so actually there is no separation.
---tom2 on 9/11/07

Unless God starts running things instead of people in this nation and in this world, this nation and this world is doomned. Look all around you.
---catherine on 9/8/07

Read history, you never want the church running the gov't or the gov't running the church. In either case you end up with persecution and people being out to death for their beliefs. And the people who would use the force of the state to make you believe what they want aren't, and have never been, Bible-believing, God-fearing people.
---djconklin on 9/8/07

The founders had come from Europe where many had friends and family persecuted by the church which was a powerful political force. The seperation of church and state is the reason we have freedom of religion - it is not from religion.
Accept in the sense that I don't want a consensus on issues of faith. I want freedom "FROM" your religion and I don't force my beliefs on others.

I happen to enjoy are choices in denominations and am amazed how Christ keeps us
---Andrea on 9/8/07

The phrase "separation of church and state" is not in the constituion. It was written in a letter I think by Thomas Jefferson.

George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention, said, If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed at the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would not have placed my signature on it." George Washington
---denna7667 on 9/7/07

I will say this about it. Someday there will be a real separation. God's people in heaven the wicked and lost in hell. Now that's separation.
---catherine on 9/5/07

Sometimes people go overboard on this and disallow ANY chance for Christians to speak to public policy. This is part of the charge of Jesus to be a "salt in the earth" as we act in the office of John the Baptist, symbolically, to prepare people to receive the Lord. This should be allowed, although very limited as this is not our main focus. To disallow is to entangle government in religion - also impermissible.
---ed_the_other_one on 9/4/07

I don't think they ever could or did separate Church and State. It only looked that way on the superficially.
---jody_martin on 9/4/07

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