Commentary: ‘According To The Dictates Of Your Conscience’
These were the words penned by President George Washington to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia in May of 1789: “Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.”
Our Founding Fathers were very pleased in the fact, when drafting the laws of the land, that government could not establish a state-run religion, as they had experienced in England. For a man or a woman to chose how they wish to serve the Creator was a real blessing, rather than following a “How To” manual mandated and enforced by the federal government.
Unfortunately, the progressives in America have patiently and importunately skewed that line of distinction over the past decades, and have tirelessly redefined what the true intention was: to have the Church separate from those in government who would wish to define how good men and women should approach the throne of God. If you repeat a lie long enough, it tends to become the truth, at least in the minds of uninformed and willfully passive men.
“Separation of Church and State” was not intended to limit the religious from participating in government service to their fellow man, but rather to limit government from mandating and dictating their “convictions” to the God-fearing religious.
Thomas Jefferson, writing a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802, had this thought concerning the matter: “…I contemplate with sovereign reverence, that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
This statement was intended as a wake up call to hinder those in government who may try to impose and or have hope of establishing a state run religion or prohibiting the free exercise of the people to worship as they see fit.
The “wall“, as Mr. Jefferson brilliantly purported, was not to keep the religious citizen out of government participation, but to bind the hands of government from dictating the rules of religious participation amongst the citizens. This includes federal and state buildings, public common places, schools, and the like. It was an offense to the Creator for elected officials to behave that way then and it is an offense to the Creator now.
As stated before, we have seen the progressive minds whittle away at the foundations of religious freedoms in public venues for decades. We now see these attacks being conducting by the current governing administration here in our own state of Wyoming. With each attempt to redefine what is acceptable, religious practice in public schools and other public places, we have see the government become more bold in its attempts to stamp out or “limit” those God-given freedoms that our fore- fathers so greatly recognized, revered and exercised, and to mandate what the church can and cannot do, turning that into what the church will do.
In the recent Obama Care ruling that mandated all employers, including churches, to fulfill a new requirement to provide health insurance to their employees, are also making demands against the convictions of the consciences of those in the church. This includes the mandating of coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization “free” of charge. With this act, President Barrack Hussein Obama II and the Department of Health and Human Services, have violated and refuse to recognize the constitutional conscience and religious rights of organizations and individuals – thereby launching an unprecedented attack on our liberties.
It has never been Constitutional for the federal government to require such services to include schools and hospitals, and this action is therefore in violation of the moral convictions of those involved with those institutions, not to mention the very constitution as well. This is just the beginning of the snow ball effect our juggernaut government will have upon you and your family. This doesn’t just threaten the liberties of God fearing Americans, but it is a threat to us all.
G.L.Freeman pastors at New Testament Christian Church – 3800 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Freeman is also the host of KGAB’s “Across America” with Gary Freeman aired Saturdays from 1-3pm Mountain Standard Time. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org