So when you read the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Know that at the local level people decided what they wanted to fund and how they wanted the funding used and for what purposes. The amendment says CONGRESS shall make no law. The free exercise of religion has been legislated against.
When Johnson slipped in the tax exempt thingy for churches, churches swallowed the idea hook line and sinker and the freedom of speech is being abridged and the free exercise of religion as well.
It was a Baptist that wrote a letter to ensure that there would not be a STATE church. i.e. a single authorized church the people would be obligated to support. Why? Because Baptists were being killed in America by State Church Priests. They were whipped and flogged to death because they would not pay taxes to support the state church.
Politics and religion have been entwined from the beginning because there was a time when this was a Christian Nation. Remember, Obama said We are NO LONGER a Christian nation. To no longer be something means that we were once something.
However, people are not born Christian. It is a personal decision between a person and God and has nothing to do with being born in America or being born a certain color or being born in a country with a State Church.
I am glad Obama said we were no longer a Christian Nation. That way all the current atrocities cannot be blamed on Christian teaching.
It seems to me that for the most part America has not behaved as Christians as a collective for a very, very, long time.
As far as not entwining religion and politics, I suppose that can be an idea for some. However Christianity is entwined with my very life, my thoughts, and hopefully my actions. So if I as a person get entwined with politics, then I bring Christianity to the table because it is not separate from me.
There is a verse:
Galatians 2:20 KJV
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I hope that you might take time to read the letter written to Thomas Jefferson when he became president: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danbury_Baptists
People of faith have every right to ensure their civil liberties. For century state churches have killed in the name of their church doctine: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-old.htm
The command that Jesus gave his followers was this:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus never said or commanded anyone to kill anyone. Teaching is to be done. Those that hear will hear. Those that do not are to be left alone. As far as I can tell, you would like to be left alone. Why insist on entangling politics with religion? Just leave the religious alone, and perhaps they will leave you alone. If they won't leave you alone, then ask them to. If a person who says they are a Christian is ugly to you, please know, that is not the Spirit of Christ.
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