It seems like everyone is crying about it these days. Especially the atheists. Some people bang it like a cheap drum. It’s the tired battle cry of separation of church and state.
The original intent was to keep the state out of the church. The individual should be able to believe and worship as he sees fit without government intrusion. Unless, of course, you want to slaughter babies. Baby slaughter is unacceptable in all circumstances unless the baby is preborn. I only wish that was a bad joke, but abortion is big business.
The First Amendment is also supposed to be a safeguard against state-sponsored religion. The mere thought of that makes me shudder. As a Christian, I believe that Christian values are beneficial to society, but we have seen time and again that the government can wreck even the best of intentions. The government has a knack of turning A T-bone steak into a crap sandwich. This protection should include worldviews. This atheistic “freedom from religion” movement has reached a fervor that rivals the intensity seen in many religious circles. This is where I take issue because I believe this rabid secularization violates the original intent of the First Amendment. I would be less inclined to take exception if this anti-religion witch hunt didn’t appear to single out Christianity.
For example, Christians are being targeted for their views on abortion and homosexuality. Muslims certainly hold unpopular views regarding homosexuality as the Koran calls for their execution, but Christians are challenged if we make a stand that opposes sin. It’s not that we arbitrarily decide what is sinful and what is not, God has determined that. We are exercising our faith when we are being obedient to what God tells us in the Bible. We are considered intolerant if we uphold God’s word. The godless insist that we essentially renounce our faith if someone gets their feelings hurt. The Christian mustn’t be compelled to violate his conscience which is a sin for both parties involved.
These protests are more insidious than merely overlooking sin. The hidden reason is to seek approval. Affirmation of sinful behavior is what is desirous as if this was a matter to be resolved in the court of opinion, not in God’s holy court. Christians must remember Romans 1:32 lest we be inticed to ignore our conscience. Paul states, “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Christian, do you think it is harmless to leave others to their own devices as long as they are pursuing “happiness?” Think again.
This atheist goal is less about keeping Christianity out of government than it is about separating the Christian from God. If it was merely to have freedom from religion, then one could come to the conclusion that these opponents to religion would be equal opportunity offenders. Instead, the main thrust seems to be against Christianity. If the atheist truly believes that God is some contrivance, why does he expend so much energy to dismiss him? We can agree that Santa Claus is a fictitious guy, but where are the Santa protesters the day after Thanksgiving at the mall? Perhaps they are standing in line to tell Santa if they’ve been naughty.
Mall Santa lives on because he really is a fake, but the atheist doesn’t simply oppose a make-believe Jesus. The atheist attacks him with such veracity that Psalm 14:1 gains credibility. The Psalmist writes, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” After all, only a fool is foolish enough to entertain such a thought.