Robert P. George on the Separation of Church & State

Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University on the separation of Church and State:

Here’s my key take away from the video:

“In separating the institutions of the Church and the institutions of the State, there was never a thought, nor should we entertain the idea, that there is a separation of religion from public life or religion from politics. Our tradition in the United States is really quite the opposite. Religious people have always been involved in politics. Religious leaders have been leaders of important movements–the movement to abolish slavery, the movement against child labor and abusive and exploitative labor practices toward women, the movement to correct the great injustices of segregation. These were all led by religious people.”

We need not separate religion and public life to preserve the separation of Church and State. Click the link below for more information about Professor George’s work on this topic.

(HT: Between Two Worlds)

A Biblical Response to Election Results

A Biblical Response to Election Results

my sermon from last Sunday:

  1. Pray (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
    1. How?
      1. Supplications
      2. Prayers
      3. Intercessions
      4. Thanksgivings
    2. Why?
      1. That we would be free to worship
      2. That we would be free to serve both God and man
      3. That all men, including our leaders, would be saved
  2. Submit (1 Peter 2:13-16)
    1. How?
      1. By obeying, putting yourself under control, subjecting yourself to
      2. By doing and encouraging the good
      3. By acting as free men
      4. By using your freedom for others’ good instead of your own
    2. Why?
      1. It’s the will of God.
      2. To silence the ignorance of foolish men.
  3. Honor (1 Peter 2:17)
    1. How?
      1. Love the brotherhood.
      2. Honor the king, but fear God.
    2. Why?
      1. i. “The honor is the recognition of the value of each man in his place as the creature of God.” (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)

How to Respond to the Election

  1. Pray for President Obama, Governor Christie, and all other elected officials and decision-makers more than you complain about them.
  2. Obey (in both attitude and action) all laws that do not contradict God’s commands.
  3. Do good to all men, and encourage all men to do good.
  4. Commit yourself to “speak evil of no one” and “to avoid quarreling” about politics.