Separation of Church and State??

I was doing a little study in Charles Hodges’ Systematic Theology when I came across this passage.  I find it incredibly relevant to today’s political climate which demands the so called “Separation of Church and State” (which is never found in the Constitution, and is in fact a Marxist ideal), even though this was written in 1872. 

The Demands of Unbelievers are Unjust

The demands of those who require that religion, and especially Christianity should be ignored in our national, state, and municipal laws, are not only unreasonable, but they are in the highest degree unjust and tyrranical.  It is a condition of service in connection with any railroad which is operated on Sundays, that he employeee be not a Christian.  If Christianity is not to control the action of municipal, state, and general governements, then if elections be ordered to be held on the Lord’s Day, Christians cannot vote.  If all the business of the country is to go on, on that as on other days, no Christian can hold office.  We should thus have not a religious, but an anti-religious test act.  Such is the free thinker’s idea of liberty. (A free-thinker is a man whose understandig is emancipated from his conscience.  It is therefore natural for him to wish to see civil government emancipated from religion.) But still further, if Christianity is not to control the laws of the country, then as monogamy is a purely Christian institution, we can have no laws against polygamy, arbitrary divorce, or “free love”.  All will demand that we yeild to the athiests, the oath and the decalogue; and all the rights of citizenship must be confined to blasphemers.  Since the fall of Lucifer, no such tyrant has been  made known to men as August Comte, the athiest.  If, therefore, any man wishes to antedate perdition, he has nothing to do but to become a free-thinker and join in the shout, “Civil government has nothing to do with religion; and religion has nothing to do with civile government.”

Hodge,Charles.  Systematic Theology, Vol III (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Pub, 1982) Page 346.

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Occupation: Pastor, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Lennox, SD Education: BS - Christian Education, Sterling College; MDiv. - Princeton Theological Seminary Family: Married, with Four children. Hobbies: Running (will someday run a marathon), Sci-Fi (especially Doctor Who and Sherlock), Theater, and anything else my kids will let me do.
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