Separating the State from the Church

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The Revolution that Wa... Laurence M. Vance Best Price: $32.27 Buy New $5.95 (as of 07:50 EST - Details) What usually results from the singing of “patriotic” songs in church is that “America” is equated with the U.S. government, a government just as corrupt and just as evil as most governments in history. And once this is done, the veneration of the U.S. military as the defender of our freedoms soon follows. Although I have not personally seen it, I am sure that many churches would applaud if the Color guard from the local military base paraded down the main aisle during the Sunday morning worship service. The transformation of many of this country’s conservative evangelical churches into Republican clubs, VFW halls, and Armed Forces recruiting centers would never have taken place without the introduction of “patriotic” music into American churches. It doesn’t matter how much of a patriot one is or how much one likes patriotic songs, the question is the appropriateness of singing these songs in church. Instead of worrying about the First Amendment, Christians should be more concerned about the First Commandment. The Lord demands that no gods be put before him — inside or outside of church. God will not give his glory to another (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11). The state must be separated from the church.