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.
Sure hope Ben Carson notices this and perhaps says something to him!
I am not optimistic that the current trajectory can be changed by any comment or advocacy from Dr. Carson. But then who knows? Maybe he is there for such a time as this.
What does strike me is the depth, breadth, and speed of what we are seeing, as embodied by just my last two posts. ….Wow.
Yes the rapid turn of events is concerning. Everything is accelerating it appears. It’s interesting to witness what is accepted these days as a true Christian walk. It’s not for me judge but it’s interesting to bare witness to our presidents own words. In an interview with Cai Thomas he claimed he needed no forgiveness when asked if he had asked for it. He later updated that to very little and also said eating the wafer and drinking the wine was a form of forgiveness. I am very impressed With Barry Black and if anyone is in the right place it’s him