13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. 16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) 18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas (Luke 23:13-18 KJV)
I was reading about the furor our Mayor have gotten into (The Mayor of Richmond, Virginia-Rev. Dwight Jones) and this have gotten me to think about the separation of church and state. There have been religious power in and over state authority, for many states and countries, all over the world. This is something that have been going on since time started and humans bowed to religion. This is nothing new.
However, we, as Americans, can not hold throw our laws upon other countries. They are sovereign just as we are. That does not mean we do not adhere to our own laws-separation of church and state. Then again, we walk that fine gray line each and every day. That Constitutional Law is convenient only when necessary and we want to flaunt it for some particular reason. What am I getting at?
Every time an oath is given, for what ever reason, the state and religion come together. Here is an example…I am in court, I raise my right hand-I swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. I am not in church, I am in court, the state. This also occurs when there is an oath of office and many other things. The state and the church come together.
This great country was founded because of religion. Read the history of this country, in particular, why people came to the New World. Then look carefully at the wording of the Constitution and the Declaration Of independence. I can not find a separation of church and state, especially if the wording is carefully interpreted. I will not explicate the documents here but rest assured they are salted through and through with religion.
In the case of to crucify Christ or not, the state said He was not guilty but the clergy jumped in state business and said Christ was guilty and should die. The state said it was out of it and had made it’s decision and the clergy had it’s way. And, that’s all through the Bible, whereby clergy have the power over what is and is not, not the state (Governor) etc.
All over this world today, it’s the same way as it was many years ago, especially in Muslim countries where clerics hold more power than the leaders or rulers. So, don’t be so surprised every time the subject of church and state come up. It have always been such and will always be thus.