May 12, 2010

Now the State is Telling the Church What to Say?

All the recent discussion about church and state issues has centered on the church's intrusion into state matters, until now. It seems that Speaker Pelosi feels that she has some authority to instruct the church on what should be proclaimed from the pulpits. It goes without saying that I wholeheartedly disagree. In fact, I think this very sort of thing was what concerned the founders.

Here, again, are our options:

  1. The Church is above the State, a theory held by those claiming that their ecclesiastical head is the Vicar of Christ on earth.
  2. The Church is alongside the State, a theory held by the State Churches of various countries.
  3. The State is above the Church, a theory held by totalitarian governments.
  4. The Church is separate from the State, the theory championed by Baptists everywhere and held by those governments that have written religious liberty into their fundamental laws.

Let's get this right people! Politicians have no business telling the church what to say or do. The church has the moral obligation to comment upon what politicians say and do. The State should keep us from killing each other. The church should help us to love each other.


Gwendolyn said...

I listened to Nancy Pelosi (just this clip) and what I heard was the Church trying to influence the State. So far, so good. And the State, in the persona of NP, said, "I need your help to get you what you want."

Where is the problem here?

Anonymous said...

Totally agree and I Love this post!