By Paul Bawden
I’m sure you have noticed that there are those who like to keep the biblical God out of the public arena, out of our schools, out of the work place, and out of our government.
It is well to keep in mind that since the biblical God (Psalm 139) is able to be present everywhere at the same time, it is impossible to keep HIM from being anywhere.
This means that the biblical God’s presence is always there regardless of what is happening in our lives. Even the promoters of the separation of church and state cannot stop the biblical God from being present in the church or the state.
In fact, those, who push the separation of church and state in the United States, use what is called the Jeffersonian “wall of separation between church and state.” The problem with this is that the United States Constitution says nothing about the separation of church and state. The first amendment of the Constitution is clear that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, meaning that there is to be freedom of religion not freedom from religion. The Framers did not want any one religion to become the state’s official religion to the detriment of others. Jefferson’s desire was to protect religious liberty from an over reaching government. Jefferson, and the other framers of the Constitution, did not want to restrict religious conscience and activity.
Furthermore, if a person takes time to review all 50 State Constitutions, one will discover the acknowledgment of God or Divine guidance in all of the Constitutions. Those having influenced some federal courts to act to take God out of the United States society in different ways and places are faced with the prospect of being wrong. It’s no wonder that William Penn has said, “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
The reality that the biblical God is everywhere means that He is more than a one day a week God, depending on the day one meets to worship. Regardless, He cannot be kept boxed up in a place of worship for one day a week.
We need to acknowledge that the biblical God is always present at all times. Our
challenge is that we want to be our own god. We think we can run our lives solely by our reason. Could this be why the United States has so many problems? But even more than that, we need to let His presence be part of our personal lives, for without Him in our personal lives we have no lasting purpose in this life and no hope beyond the grave.
How does that happen? Only one way that I know. By acknowledging that only Christ has paid our penalty for our breaking God’s law through His death, burial, and bodily resurrection. Through faith in Christ, He comes to live spiritually in the believer (Colossians 1:27). By relying on His indwelling power, the believer can now love like He does, unconditionally, selflessly, offering forgiveness as needed. Then it will be evident through the believer that God is present in his or her life every day of the week!
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