Election Year Bible Thumping

‘…Religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship…’ Thomas Jefferson letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802
As a Christian and a citizen of the United States, I’ve been getting a little edgy these last several elections where we are calling our candidates to answer to us as to how they answer to God. I am always reminded of James Madison’s famous quote about the separation of church and state: “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.” Here we are in a war where religious sectarian violence is based on not much more difference than that between Lutherans and Catholics, and we are concerned with whether our leaders pass our own religious tests. It also brings to mind that Richard Nixon was a Quaker; though my Quaker friends have said that no meeting would claim him. Continue Reading