Conflicts of Interest
In 1802, Thomas Jefferson mailed his reply to the Danbury Baptist Association which has etched an imaginary chasm between church and state. He reassured them the national government would not be permitted to establish a recognized religion. In this letter, the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” has been grafted into legal proceedings. For decades, many have misconstrued this as the eradication of a religious world-view and the relegated America’s first liberty—the freedom of religion—to the pew and restricted it from public view. They denounce any overt recognition of Jesus Christ. They must remove crosses from public grounds. The bully public school teams from praying openly on the field.
The same separation between church and state in the political theater parallels the misconception in believer’s lives, separation of church and life. Remember, the church is not a place you go to worship. You are the church, and your body is the temple. Many believers have dual standards of general life and worship. Some have called it the difference between the secular and the sacred. God-honoring worship is a must in the church but in my car, anything goes. One should be more conscientious of their dress on Sunday, but the rest of the week modesty is a non-issue. Of course, my thoughts should be focused and filtered during worship, but the rest of my life blissfully follows my fantasies.
Solomon sifted through the same decisions even in his day.
And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come (2 Chronicles 8:11).
We must ask Solomon, “Why did you feel this move was necessary?” If there is something in our life which must be shielded from God’s view, then isn’t there a conflict of interests?
This compartmental philosophy of living is a lie of the devil which weakens the believer’s resolve. If a believer is “on duty” for an hour or two on Sunday yet they are “off duty” the rest of the week, then they must ask themselves, “Does their life fulfill the command, ‘Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord’ (Colossians 3:23)?”
There is no such thing as a separation of sacred and secular in your life. Live fully for Christ, and you can avoid the conflict of interests.
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