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The Christian and Government - Study 2

It is typical for uniformed and/or bias journalists to imply, or blatantly state, that there is something inappropriate, or even unconstitutional, about bringing “religion” (there’s that terrible word) into elections. As Americans we have the unusual privilege, when viewed alongside the history of nations, to have a voice in the selection of our government officials.

The Constitution in Article VI, Clause 3 states, “…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Through the Constitution, the Framers had constrained the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; however, they had left the people completely free – that is, the federal government could not apply any religious test, but the voters could.  As a court explained in 1837: The distinction is a sound one between a religion preferred by law, and a religion preferred by the people without the coercion of law – between a legal establishment which the present constitution expressly forbids . . . and a religious creed freely chosen by the people for themselves.

Does the Bible indicate that the Christian should consider morality and integrity when choosing leaders? As the old commercial seen during football games would say, “You make the call.”

Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.   

II Samuel 23:3 – …He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.   

Exodus 18:21 – Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them…   

Luke 6:44 – For every tree is known by his own fruit…   

I Corinthians 8:3 – But if any man love God, the same is known of him.   

Proverbs 14:34 – Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.   

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