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September 1, 2008

Faith vs. government

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus were noticeably absent from today's lunch sponsored by the Faith and Politics Institute because of Hurricane Gustav.

Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota lauded his own state's emphasis on volunteerism as convention officials are making plans to create care packages for those who fled the hurricane's path.

Coleman later argued that the founding fathers were trying to protect religion from government and government from religion.

"The real danger comes when you build a wall between faith and government, not between church and state, but faith and government," Coleman said. "Now that's a dangerous wall." "The founders ? created an environment for the flourishing of religion like a place the earth has ever seen."

Comments

What in the world was God thinking about when He put His created beings into a place of temptation where they could choose to humiliate Him regardless of His teaching and admonition, and love and provision for them? Didn't He know that His holiness would be questioned and His ability to guard His own would be questioned? And of all things, why in the world did He "cover them" and continue to provide for them and side with them, still call them His own and take when He had told them better! How in the world could He now claim to rule the Universe? What were His qualifications? After all, if this was the crown of His creation and it failed Him so miserably...How can anyone trust Him to do what's right?

Oh how He loves you and me....

To posit a title such as "faith vs. government" is to mislead and rewrite the early history of America. Our founders were pragmatists who so the abuses of "state-churches" throughout Europe. When they conceived of freedom and equality, these concepts were naturally applied to religion (organized) and government (organized). These organized bodies were to be kept separate. This had little to do with faith and believe, worship and service; only control and domination which they thought it wise to avoid.

Yes. we are truly blessed to believe God is with us.

This is in response to Sarah Pulliam. God did not put us "...into a place of temptation where they could choose to humiliate Him regardless of His teaching and admonition, and love and provision for them". What he DID do is put us in a perfect place we have choosen to make this world what it is. We were made in his immage, w/o imperfections and sin. It is when man dissobeyed him that they became sinfull as well as mortal.


We have no one to blame but ourselves for beeing in the tempted mess we call home...