by Robert Driskell
8/02/2011 / Christian Apologetics
The recent requests from Governors Perry (TX) and Fallin (OK) asking the public to pray for rain seems to have irritated the atheistic section of our nation to no end. It was only a matter of time before those famous words, used by atheists everywhere to stop religious people in their tracks, were uttered"separation of church and state".
When will this imaginary 'separation of church and state' rhetoric stop being used against Christianity? It gets used as if it were an established rule. It is not a lawnot nownever has been. Its use is merely an attempt to mislead the public. Possibly, if it gets repeated enough, people can be brainwashed into thinking its true.
There is also nothing unconstitutional about a politician asking others to pray. The constitution never addresses the issue. The constitution merely prohibits the government from establishing a religion or interfering with the free exercise of religion. A politician asking for prayer does not violate either one of these tenets. If one views Gov. Perry's actions as an attempt to force anyone to believe anything, then it is not he who should reassess the grounds on which he stands, but those who are so easily intimidated.
Apparently they aren't grounded well enough in their beliefs to withstand even the suggestion that they might be wrong and that those whom they constantly rail against may be right.
Living in America does not guarantee that our beliefs will never be challenged or that others will never conduct themselves in ways with which we disagree. That is a ludicrous idea and it fosters a climate which encourages people to draw hateful rhetoric and litigation like six guns every time something is said that rubs them wrong. All that reveals is a weak ideology hiding behind the twisted misuse of the law.
Governor Perry is also right on another issue. Humanity needs forgiveness for their sins. Many mock this idea, but it is because of their sin that they do. Many claim that they, and their friends don't need any forgiveness from God. Those in rebellion towards God will always consider themselves good without Him. This leaves them in a proud but sad conditionstrutting like peacocks, all the while moving toward God's judgment which they bring upon themselves (Romans 1:18-23).
It is classic hypocrisy when those who rail against the idea of Christianity being forced on them attempt to sue people in court to get their own ideas enforced.
How long will we war amongst ourselves and against God?
Seeking to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to help them become "transformed by the renewing of their mind."
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