On one hand having a motto for this country that clearly not everyone supports, being as those that say they are atheists* and agnostics wouldn’t put their trust in something they cannot see, doesn’t strengthen our (collective) belief in God and does not make us any more a Christian nation than me holding a feather and jumping off a building makes me a bird.
On the other hand it’s nice that congress actually decided to keep something so prominently referring to God at all, being as we can’t keep the Ten Commandments up in any government building in this country. Of course in this age of post-modernity “God” could mean any number of things to any one person, but that’s neither here-nor-there for the purposes of this post.
I know that the whole “separation of church and state” thing is dramatically taken out of context in this country; being as it was not the founding fathers intent that the church be kept out of government affairs altogether, more it was the intent that the government be kept out of church affairs altogether and that hasn’t happened. Interestingly though, we don’t have to look too awful far back into history to see that it doesn’t play out well for church and state to mix too much. It is well known that the pilgrims came to this country seeking freedom from religious persecution in England; and my question for Theology Thursday centers around just that, but first some scripture…
In Romans 13 we read:
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”
(Thanks again for the NASB Jay) and in 1 Peter we read:
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”
Here is today’s question: In light of verses like these…was it right for the pilgrims to come to this country? Or should they have continued to live in England and suffer persecution there?
*There is no such thing as an atheist, for no one can claim with 100% certainty that there is no God, to do so they would have to know everything possible, at best they would have admit to being an agnostic.