I think every secular person, be he atheist, agnostic or Christian for the separation of church and state, knows that it will be a long time, if ever, before all vestiges of religion are removed from governemt.Â Things like God in the pledge andÂ the Ten Commandments on public property will be here for a long while.Â
What raises alarm bells among us is when someone of some statrue makesÂ an overt assertion that our government should just stand up and say, “The Bible tells usÂ our government to do this or that.”Â Even though we hear it often, every time it happens we worry for our country.
TodayÂ a retired evangelical pastor and authorÂ inÂ Southern California named John MacArthur did it.Â Â HeÂ said that our government leaders should go over to the countries of Eygpt, Libia and TunisiaÂ and tell the protestors to knock it off.Â Our government, he says,Â should tellÂ protestors, “This isÂ wrong, this is forbidden for people to do this, this is intolerable.”
Our government should do this for one reason,Â the Biblical admonishment to, “submit to the powers that be because they’re ordained of God.”Â But, that is not all the good advice he had for our leaders.
He noted also that democracies are not always that good for the growth of Chrisianity.Â Some of the best countries, he said, are places where a dictator promotes the faith.
I hope we do not see the likes of Pastor MacArthurÂ in high government positions.