A Biblical View of America's Issues
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The Bible teaches that those who follow the Lord are to do so all the time--whether they are persecuted or not. In fact, Jesus discussed persecution and said it would happen. (Matthew 5:10-11, Matthew 24:9). It happened with the early church as we read in the book of Acts. Interestingly, when the church was persecuted, they scattered, which resulted in spreading the Gospel to a larger area. When the apostles were arrested for preaching in the name of Jesus, they said, "We must obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29).
America was founded upon the principle of religious freedom. The founders did not want the federal government to establish a state church. However, it must be noted that they expected the Christian faith to be freely allowed, even within the government.
To quote David Barclay from Wallbuilders:
"The First Amendment meant Congress is limited from setting up a national denomination and Congress is limited from prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment does not limit faith or the people, only the government."
Bring Down That Wall
Nicholas Papanicolaou has an excellent book on what separation of church and state really means that is easy to read called Bring Down That Wall.
Take a look at it here.