We must live our lives as examples for all to see. As you see in all these issues we, as Christians, must take stands on what we believe is right, but we should not force our opinions and beliefs on others. This is what everything boils down to. God gave us the gift of choice, and this is something he gave everyone. As Christians we are called to try to lead people to God and his work not to force them.
They also emphasize that America created the Constitution was created to make a person’s religious standing irrelevant to hold office or voice a political opinion. They cover many topics addressed by the American public when trying to decide on the placement of God in our Constitution. They are writing to help Americans gain a greater understanding of what our forefather’s intended when writing the Constitution. To understand why these two men are writing about The Godless Constitution, an approach on what they believe are America’s views is needed. In the first paragraph of the first chapter they state that they believe America argues over foolish things.
As well it would be safer for the church and state to be separate because it can lead to fights. For example, everyone who has pride in their religion would fight for it to be represented in their government. Last, it protects people making its safer like “today, the wall of separation between church and state is probably the best way to ensure religious freedom in the U.S., protecting both secular and religious worlds. As well, during my research I found out the bible says “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's,"(Matthew 22:21). After reading the whole story in the bible you see that people where trying to trick Jesus.
You need to stand up for your beliefs and show them that you are different. This means you can't be afraid to say no, that's not right, but remember you can't resist temptations on your own, you need God working openly in your life. If you find a good group of Christians, it will also help you to have someone to hold you accountable and fellowship with.
As Christians we want to make a positive difference by joining our government. It is i... ... middle of paper ... ...luenced by their worldview. For the Christian, they cannot look at the world around them to see how they should act in reference to social and political affairs and the arts. The world is quickly falling further and further away from God's laws. It is the responsibility of the Christian to be involved in the political and social affairs.
God made me exactly as He saw fit to create me, so why would I want to change His vision He has for me? I am not an overly outgoing person, and trying to act like an extrovert has only made me more frustrated and seemingly less effective when it came to spreading my faith. Instead of trying to keep up with the world’s view of what an Evangelical Christian should look like, I find myself being drawn to becoming more faithful to God’s custom idea of how I should be living my life and how I should evangelize with others. God designed me in a special way to know that if I kept trying to share God’s word with others like someone else, my message would become lost in the chaos. Evangelism is truly a team effort, so if I remember that not only do I have God on my side, but that I have the entire community support behind me.
It is by going into the flied of spiritual battle that true discipleship follow the ways of Jesus. It is not a commitment one but of many who shares and advocate for the same rights and duties to exercise what was recommended by their Leader. What the book implies as the main theme is that discipleship must be active and incarnational meaning that all believers should feel anxious to support the cause of Jesus in a world that although dead in their sins is safe under the divine umbrella of the power of incarnational discipleship.
Neglect the “Nations of the World” and instead focus on the “Nation of God”. Christians path in life can be boiled down to giving their full allegiance to the Kingdom of God. In doing so they need to denounce the coercive and violent ideologies of the natural world. Translating this to the Christian call to action, we must follow the Kingdom of God in transforming the world, rather than using politics as a means towards such a transformation. This is based upon his destroying of the notion that America is a Christian Nation: “What gives this understanding of the kingdom of God such strong emotional force is the long standing myth that America is a 'Christian nation. '
Speaking personally, this excerpt has truly started to make me think more deeply on how the church relates to government and the systems that have been in use before the political activism seen among professing Christians today. Whereas before, I would say that there should be some amount of Christian morality put forth from within government. I now see that it does not have the power to change a nation and its people. Stead points out that the framers of the Constitution had a unique perspective on church and state because they had come out of a society where the church was run by the state. The King was the chief priest as well as the chief political ruler—something prohibited by God (2 Chron.
John Quincy Adams, in a speech on July 4,1837 asked a large mass of ... ... middle of paper ... ...re life to their beliefs, but the majority of Americans treat religion as if it were a hobby, and not a way of life. That said it seems as though an argument over religion in the state seems trivial. Why would anyone need to worry about the two mixing if religion isn’t as important as it used to be? Well it seems although the facts are solid the majority of people who are religious, devoted or seasonal, feel as though there should be a religious accent to the laws and system of government. This totally ignores the “Separation of Church and State” system.