Thursday, September 13, 2012

THE SACRED / SECULAR DELUSION


A very important contribution Dr. Francis Schaeffer (among others) has made, in general but specifically in my thinking, is to expose a form of dualism that assumes there are realms of life in which God is not “permitted” to play a role, be recognized for who He is or function as Lord and supreme authority of the universe. I am not speaking of a controlling, cause and effect authority but rather a moral authority that we should willfully acknowledge in obedience and cooperation. Though it surely presents a challenge on every level, we, as individuals and as a society, must grapple with and labor to arrive at a healthy relationship with “Him with whom we have to do.” I find this dichotomy infectious in the minds of many when it comes to the issue of civil government. I state with confidence that we will promote various forms of imbalance in this social institution as long as we fail to structure the parameters and guidelines of this realm according to the Divine design. There are not areas of life that are truly “secular,” functioning better without an acknowledgement and openness to the guidance, wisdom and blessing of God. Amazingly, God has granted us enough freedom that we can, if we so choose, attempt to pursue other arrangements while warning, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” No matter how clever we become in our effort to relegate God to “His room,” whether in the area of family, education, marriage, sexuality or civil government (just to name a few), we lose in the effort.

So, as I’ve stated many times, our task is to put things in their proper place. Is there a proper place for God in the social, civil and political affairs of a nation? Many have conveniently, but inappropriately and detrimentally, drawn upon the “separation of church and state” concept in defense of locking God out of “politics.” As long as we get this issue wrong, we will suffer the consequences, reap what we sow. We need to think long, hard and accurately, especially in this present age during this current presidential election, about this tremendously influential consideration. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..." (Ps.33:12)

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