If politics serves as the only answer to serve the common people and religion as the remedy for the populous, than any connection between the two is bound to imply trouble. However if we consider politics as including the recognition and compromise of conflicting interests within any given unit of command, and religion as the core of the philosophical and permanent principles of life than we cannot disregard the idea of the undeniable relationship between religion and politics. Therefore, the question should not be as to whether religion and politics should be connected but what exactly should their connection be?
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Religion becomes a destructive force in U.S. culture when religious identity is reduced to a litmus test for morality. Similarly, the manner in which politicians manipulate religious identity in order to lure voters is deceptive.”2 The Founding Fathers of this country, Christian men who were believers yet were smart motivators when talking and using religion in context to themselves and others.
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”3 – George Washington, first President of the U.S.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty.”4
“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”5 - Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Constitution and third President of the U.S.
“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.” – Benjamin Franklin, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution
While these men were clearly Christians and followers of the Bible and referenced its teachings contrastingly they made no reference to God or divine providence in the Constitution, citing as its sole authority, the people of the United States. Further on the writers of the Constitution outlined the document to support a secular and political notion as “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty.” Additionally, the opening clause of the first amendment introduced the fundamental notion that the state had no impression to voice concerning matters of conscience that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The originators knew that the government could not succeed with an established Church of the United States nor would it embody to the outside world as a Christian Republic.
“While the Founders believed, then, that religion was necessary for the morality and order that republican government requires, their view about religion was not just utilitarian.”6 I believe the Founders of the United States did this with extreme purpose. First on the apparent notion that the government should be and would be ran with the separation of Church and State and secondly that the actions of these politicians, the Founding Fathers, would reflect their beliefs, their faith in Christianity and in the Bible. By addressing in the Constitution that liberty is a Blessing which is a Gift of God they show their faith when they formed the Constitution. They again did this by referencing in the Bill of Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution that the respect of Christianity should not be tied with a certain country...