The Wall Between Church And State In America Is Scheduled For Demolition
Some leaders build walls. Some leaders knock down walls. And sometimes a leader does both at the same time.
The National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC today was a memorable event. It was, for instance, the first time a president used the event to mock his enemies and to curse. The breakfast is usually a more reserved and somber event. But the personality of the president was not the truly notable part of the breakfast – that honor was saved for policy – embodied in the president’s pledge to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which is a key part of the wall that separates church and state in the US.
Evangelicals in America seem to generally really like the idea of a religious state – and long is it is an evangelical religious state (be careful what you wish for…). And the Catholic church has a long history which speaks to its preference for combined church and state. Traditional Protestants, on the other hand, got their start protesting the abuses of a combined church and state. If the president gets his way in “destroying” the Johnson Amendment – and I wouldn’t bet against him and the enabling Republican party at this moment in history – then we truly are seeing prophecy fulfilled before our eyes. This is a somber moment that requires a prayerful, somber, principled response. To be clear: by “principled” I mean the vigorous proclamation of Christ and His imminent return.
You can access a New York Times article explaining the Johnson Amendment and Trump’s statements here.