The Gospelcoalition.org had a great article entitled “The Urban Legend That Thomas Jefferson Believed in a Wall Separating Church and State” Posted by the Christian Apologetics Program by Biola University, good read take a look at it.
This idea of the separation of Church and State is an idea that is routinely gotten wrong by Christians, non Christians and the worst politicians.
Not that I’m a civics scholar but I believe government cannot sponsor a particular religion, or doctrine or ethically influence one that was the whole point of separation of Church and State by our framers.
Religion can influence government and if it’s morally good has a duty to do so. Before America was founded religion and doctrine had influenced local government and this continued through the founding of our states and federal government. Natural law was vaguely attempted yet not fully institutionalized as part of our constitution.
We elect men and women in our government on the pretense of being a good statesman. We expect our elected officials to rule with good ethics and biblical morality although some would argue that I’m sure but that is a testament of our current government how many good statesmen do you know?
I have read blogs and ideas from not only atheist but from Christians as well that we should not have Christians or Godly persons in Government but only atheist and secularist feeling they would rule with complete impartiality.
Moronic idea at best, if we say only secularist or atheist should only be in government then we lose the notion of politicians to be elected with the intent of being a good statesman. The intent will count for nothing and we can expect the government body to move from trying to rule with Biblical good ethics and moral law to no ethics and moral relativism.
Atheist will refute this idea but if you have no reference point of good ethics and morality then how can you rule in favor of good ethics and morality, it becomes relative to the politicians own definition.
The separation of church and state should have a one way door, allowing good moral influence whether it be religious or not to effect government but not allowing government to influence religion.
Tough to regulate but if it can be done then society receives a government that rules with good biblical moral intentions and not with ambiguous ethics and moral relativism.