What Role Should Religion Have in Politics?

The 2012 presidential campaigns are in high gear and several times the issue of religion has risen to the surface, only to be drug back down into the depths of ‘it shouldn’t matter.’

But how important is religion to politics and the office of the president and should it really be an issue or held as something personal and private?

When we turn to the history given us in the Bible, we see that God raised up a nation who worshipped Him and whose rulers relied upon Him for wisdom and guidance.  Whenever the rulers and people turned away from God and His teachings, the nation was brought down and destroyed.  We read about this pattern being repeated over and over again.

When our Founding Fathers sacrificed everything to establish America, they did so by God’s statutes and teachings.  If you read the writings of these men, you will see that they turned to the Bible more than any other reference in establishing the documents and laws our nation was founded upon.  The architects of American law quoted the Bible more than four times more often as any other reference.  Upon George Washington’s swearing in as the first President of the United States, the first thing he did was to march the delegation to the local church where he worshipped God and gave thanks for His sovereignty and hand in helping them secure their freedom.

For the first two centuries, America remained faithful to God and kept Him at the center of the nation’s life.  But in the 1960s, things changed.  Just as the Israelites did time and time again, America turned away from God and replaced Him with hedonistic, self-pleasuring secularism.  And you can study any social statistic you want and they will all show a decline in the positive social attributes and a rise in the negative social and moral attributes of the American people and government.

Today, America is far more hedonistic and secular than they are God fearing and the decadence of our society shows it.  Abominable lifestyles that were punishable by death in the Old Testament are being legislated and given privileged status by our federal and state governments.  Just as Romans 1 says, these things are not only done but approved by the leaders.

And people wonder why America is on the verge of ruin and collapse?

If we turn to history, we will readily learn that the ONLY way to turn America around and save our nation is to turn to God and His precepts.  And that has to start with the leadership of the nation.  It is imperative that we elect strong Christians leaders who will rule the nation in the fear of God Almighty.  These leaders then must appoint equally strong and committed Christians to key positions such as judgeships, cabinet posts, etc.  Then the people as a whole need to kneel down, confess their sins, ask for forgiveness and repentance, and turn their faces towards God and follow His statutes.  I can’t tell you how strongly I feel about this, that the only way to save America is to follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says,

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Are you willing to get on your knees for America’s sake?