Church and State
Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”
Many people like to use the phrase “Separation of Church and State.” They claim the U.S. Constitution demands there be a wall between government and the Church. But the words “Separation of Church and State” do not appear in our Constitution anywhere. Those words were first written in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a minister. Jefferson was assuring the minister that the U.S. government would not interfere in the work of the Church, but it was never Jefferson’s intent that the Church should not influence the work of government.
In fact, God demands that national governments have discernment concerning Him and His Anointed. The Psalmist writes that rulers of nations will vainly try to tear themselves away from God and attempt to cast away the cords that tie us to Him. How does God respond to nations that plan those vain acts?
Psalm 2:4-5 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure…
The concept of “Separation of Church and State” is laughable to God. He mocks nations that try to separate from Him. He’s angry at them and He judges them because He isn’t happy with their choices. God has given all the nations to His Anointed, to His Son Jesus, and Jesus will break those nations with a rod of iron. He will dash them to pieces like a clay pot (Psalm 2:9).
So how should government work? Government should be wise and instructed in the ways of God. Government should serve the Lord with fear and “kiss the Son.” If government does not do that the Son will be angry and those nations will perish. But blessed are those nations who put their trust in Him (Psalm 2:10-12).
Have a God Filled Week,