I am probably going to get in trouble for posting this but it is time for me to put my 2 cents in to this discussion. With the upcoming election and political wheels in full motions people from all sides of the pulpit and pew in churches are getting involved in to political scene. Some democrat some republican. I personally don't really care for all stances of either party because parts of each party are correct. Thus to quote one of my favorite comedians, "What is the similiarity between the two(Democrat and Republican), the fact that they are both wrong!"
Now as I was reading this morning on my news sites and blogs I came across this article on CNN from the very intelligent and informed Lou Dobbs. (Article)This is a very respected and respectable man but in his article he claims that is wrong for the churches to endorse a political candiate. I AGREE WHOLE HEARTEDLY. But Mr. Dobbs makes the same arguement about why that I have heard a hundred times and it is wrong!!! He says the first amendment is there to keep the government out of religion and religion out of government. Now this is true but only partly. For someone as smart as he is surely he knows and has researched the history of this but incase he hasn't let me put it plainly with this next paragraph.
Why did the pilgrams leave England? For religious freedom! That is it. They where being told my Henry the 8th that they had to become church of England and that they had no freedom to worship how they choose but only as he saw fit. Thus they came to America. Now in the consitution it does not say " Total Seperation of Church and State" it doesn't even say "seperation of church and state" at all. It says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." This was to keep the government from making a State Sponsored church!!!! I am completely for that and if you are under the impression that the United States should make Christianity the religion of the country you are WRONG! Period and if you don't like it I don't care!
Now let me address christians on this quickly as well. We "vote our morals". Well guess what, your morals transend a party. Democrats want to help the poor with more government programs. This is a very christian act. Replicians want to help protect marriage. This is a very christian act. Neither of which provide salvation! Thus politics is not the place for our morality to work thru this country. That is not to say your should not vote because you have an obigation in my opinion to do so but you can not legislate morality. That is impossible and it not the place for it. Morality, and better yet Christian morality, should be seen only thru JESUS CHRIST! So the next time someone the the Christian right tells you to vote for one canditate because they are the moral one tell them they are wrong. Jesus needed no government in his time on earth to expand his kingdom and not time after that either. No law will help this country come to know God any quicker. That can and will only be accomplished by God's will working thru the hearts and minds of his people.