Separation of Church and Life
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.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul teaches the church at Corinth an important principle:
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
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 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.
The separation of church and state has become a brutal vise which will squeeze religion out of politics. The separation of church and life can never bring about positive results. This lie of the devil weakens the believer’s resolve by satiating his flesh with the confections known as the pleasures of sin. If a believer is “on duty” for an hour or two on Sunday, yet they are “off duty” the rest of their lives, then who is watching the “roaring lion” walking about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). You cannot afford to be “off duty.” There is no such thing as a separation of sacred and secular in your life. You are a mobile house of worship and “whatsover ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). Live fully for Christ, unadulterated by the world.