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LETTER: Please call it, "Separation of Church and State"

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By The Staff

I believe in the separation of church and state - but maybe not like you do.  I believe in the way it was originally intended. Most people don’t even know how this came about, so I’ll quote the author, Pres.Thomas Jefferson, as he wrote a letter to the local Baptist association after they requested he step it up and take a stand...

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

I trust that you understand that religious liberties and freedoms are not granted nor governed by the people – but by God.  I truly believe that our local politicians are smart enough to keep their political persuasions out of our churches; however, I’m afraid the Christians and churches are not smart enough to keep their faith involved in their politics and government.

The ‘wall of separation’  is for them, not for us! It was created, by our founding fathers, to protect the church from the influence of government.  It is strictly protecting the church from tyranny, not government from spirituality!  The church has a responsibility to be involved with its government.  Christian, it is your duty to stand up & speak up.  Call out the injustice. Pray for all who are in authority.  Vote your convictions.  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  If not here, then where?  It not for this, then why?  If not… God forbid.  Your vote counts... Trigg County just conducted their wet/dry vote and they went wet by only 33 votes!  I wonder if 33 people regretted not getting out and going to the polls?

Stand up, church.  Wake up, Christian.  You are the LIGHT of the world - it’s time to SHINE!

Patrick Nix

Taylorsville