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Grace Note for November 18, 2015

Our society is still trying to answer the question, do politics and religion mix? The first amendment of the United States Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.” What the first amendment is saying is that government should stay out of religion, but religious people can and should exercise their faith in the influence of public policy.

For over fifty years, lawmakers have misinterpreted the Constitution and in doing so, have disenfranchised the gospel, politically, socially, judicially, and culturally. Like a sponge with the water squeezed out, ours is a society with Jesus squeezed out, and a nation without God. Someone put it like this, “The Pilgrims came to these shores seeking freedom of you-know-what, so they could give thanks to you-know-who, so we, their descendants, could worship each Sunday, you-know-where.” People of faith, get involved, and stay involved. The only way to protect our religious rights is to involve ourselves in the political process. It is as much your right to do so, as it is to attend the church of your choice, or make the choice not to attend.

“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Matthew 22:21 CEB

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