Constitutional Illiteracy Plagues America

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The “Separation of Church and State” metaphor is used by ill-educated Americans as an excuse to keep Christian morals and principles out of the public square and governing bodies. It is a wildly inaccurate and misconstrued concept that abuses the Founders’ true and correct intention of prohibiting the federal government from instituting a state religion.

The Founders’ restriction on the establishment of a state religion is enshrined in the Supreme Law of the Land.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …

United States Constitution – First Amendment, Ratified in 1791

While America’s Founders rightfully forbade the creation of a state religion, they never intended Christians to leave their moral fiber, virtues, and principled behavior at the door on their way into the governing halls of local, state, and federal entities.

The foremost Christian principle is humility, and we can all agree that we could stand to see a great deal more humility in our elected officials. Prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice are fundamental Christian virtues. How often do you see these virtues exhibited by our duly elected officials?

We deserve the government we elect. If we want to be governed by people who lay claim to their Christian faith only to leave their Christianity at home under the guise of “separation of church and state,” then we can expect to continue down the path of corrupt, abusive government. If we want to be governed by people who understand their role in our lives is limited, and they are fiduciaries of the public trust, then we had better start paying attention to more than just splashy ads and campaign slogans and start asking questions.

Get out of your comfort zone, and find the time to truly understand the issues at hand. There are ample opportunities to get to know those seeking your vote this election cycle. Ask questions, and seek answers.