Why the wall is there.August 7, 2008 — Deacon Duncan
Via Americans United comes this report of how a failure to separate church and state leads to a dilution of the church.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United and allied religious leaders and organizations take issue with a federal court decision allowing Utah officials to place crosses along highways to memorialize state highway patrol officers who have died in the line of duty.
State officials insisted that the Christian symbol is a secular symbol and can be used regardless of the personal religious beliefs of the officer being honored.
Did you catch that? The state of Utah is telling mainstream Christians that the Cross is no longer their symbol. Nope, it’s been secularized. It has nothing to do with the Gospel, or with paying the penalty for sin, or even with anticipating the Resurrection. All a cross means is death. You walk into a Christian church, you see a big cross up front, and according to the state of Utah, all it means is that someone died in church.
We saw this earlier with the Supreme Court decision upholding the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. According to Justice O’Connor, the reference to America as “one nation under God” is mere “ceremonial deism.” Officially, by declaration of the U. S. Supreme Court, the God we are all under is an absentee God, completely irrelevant to our lives except to the degree that we make Him relevant by constructing patriotic ceremonies that refer to Him in some way. There is no heaven, nor any hell to be saved from, thus no need for a savior or for forgiveness of sins.
It’s easy to tear down the wall of separation between church and state. All you need to do is abandon your religious beliefs, and turn your faith into a hollow and meaningless fossil. If you think that’s a bad thing, then you should remember that, based on 2,000 years of experience mingling church and state, our founding fathers thought we needed that wall. It’s there to protect the church.