Contributor: Rev. Robert A. "Tony" Bowman
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJV)
1. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2. for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
I think for too many years Christians have bought into the idea of separation of Church and State. Our Founding Fathers addressed the issue of what amount of influence should Religion play in our government. From my reading and understanding of our foundational documents, they were written to help set the path for our great nation.
The Founding Fathers greatest fear was that the government would evolve without Christian principles. If there is a wall of separation, it is to restrain government from influencing Religion.
The Founding Fathers did not want to create a National Denomination as England had established. What they desired was that Christianity would influence the role and rule of a central government. The Scripture listed above states we are To Pray for those who are in authority. This is good and acceptable to God. The Founding Fathers acknowledged that we are Blessed with Divine Providence and the power given to govern is granted by the Creator.
Many Christians fail to understand that voting is one of those Rights that we are blessed with as a Citizen of this great Nation. We should get involved in the process of choosing those Men and Women who will represent our interest. We live in a Republic form of Government where we elect people to make decisions for us. Our voice is heard loudly and clearly at the ballot box. If our elected officials are doing a good job, we re-elect. If they are not doing a good job, we elect someone else. It’s sad when only a small percentage take the time to place their vote. Non-voting people send a clear message too. That message is this “WE DON’T CARE.” One of our responsibilities as a citizen of this great nation is to research those who are running for public office - local, state, or federal. Do their core beliefs align with our Christian views, seven are based on God’s standard.
If you stop and think of how many times that government has a direct impact on our daily lives, we should realize how important it is to choose the right person!!!
Praying for God’s continual Blessing on the United States of America!!!
Pastor R. A. “Tony” Bowman
A Christian, Elder in the United Methodist Church and a Patriot