Can we actually separate Church and State?
The answer depends on which political party you belong.
- If you are a Republican: the answer is no; Church and State were never meant to be separated and it is not stated in the constitution.
- If you are a Democrat: the answer is yes; the constitution declares Church and State shall be separate.
When we talk about Church, take note that we are talking about Christianity as it is the only religion called the Church. The State of course is the American government. The reason we say America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles is that Judaism is the only religion that shares the same Old Testament Scriptures (values) as Christianity.
The majority of Americans claim to be Christian and therefore, belong to the Church. Likewise, since these Christians are Americans they also belong to the State. The Christian's first duty is to God (Church). Next in line of importance should be family, followed by a list that includes State, job, and other matters of importance to the individual. As you see, loyalty to State ranks below Church and family and although important, and it should certainly never outrank Church (God).
As a Christian's loyalty is primarily to God and God's Word, the values of God's Word should extend to every area of his or her life, including decisions based on politics and/or State. If the moral platform of a political party does not conform to those of the Bible, it becomes a major concern to the Christian. When a voter votes for a candidate who endorses immoral values, it indicate that the voter agrees and endorses the same immoral values as the candidate. The Bible clearly indicates that by agreeing with sin you are just as guilty as the one who commits the sin. In other words, if you applaud someone who is committing a crime, you are agreeing to the fact that whatever evil he is doing is okay in your eyes? The same when voting for a political candidate.
When dealing with the issue of separation Church and State, it is evident that no matter what the constitution declares, Church and State cannot be separated. For the Christian, it is important to belong to a political party whose platform stems from biblical moral standards and to choose and vote for candidates whose values derive from those same standards.
Sometimes it is hard to notice the wolf in sheep's clothing, so the next time you see a politician walking out of Church carrying a Bible, take note of what his party values stands for and in particular if his integrity reflex moral biblical standards. A careful check of his background should provide the necessary evidence. Therefore, if his moral values go against God's Word, do not become a partaker in his sin. The Bible tells us when confronted with a decision between Life or Death; choose Life. When confronted with the Pocketbook or Morality; choose Morality, because God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Jesus said: He who comes to Me will never hunger, he who believes on Me will never thirst.