The Establishment Clause
“Anytime religion is mentioned within the confines of government today, people cry ‘Separation of church and state!’ Many people think this statement appears in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, therefore, must be strictly enforced. However, the words ‘separation’, ‘church’ and ‘state’ do not even appear in the First Amendment! The First Amendment reads, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1st, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut. The congregation heard a wide-spread rumor that Congregationalists, another denomination, was going to become the national religion. Jefferson made it very clear in his letter to the Danbury congregation that the ‘separation’ was meant to be that government would not establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God. Jefferson’s letter, from which the church and state statement was taken, affirmed First Amendment rights.” (David Barton)1
“Indeed, the time is coming, and it is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for people like that to worship him. God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24; GWT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- The President, the Congress, nor the Supreme Court cannot limit our worship of God! Rejoice!
- Do not bow down to the separation of Church and State! It is not in the Constitution and it must be challenged! Unless you are someone else’s private property, pray where you want to. Read your Bible where you want to, including in school! Anywhere where it is public domain, you can worship God!
- Get a few friends, go to a public place and worship Him. Plan to draw a crowd and tell them about Jesus.
- Teach your children how to ask fellow students if they can pray for them. Teach them to pray for the sick and the hurting. Teach them to lead people to salvation in Christ. Teach them how to even pray over their teachers, principals, other school staff, and classroom volunteers. Want to see your school’s atmosphere change?
- Call the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) or The Justice Foundation for help, if you are told to stop praying or worshipping in any public forum, including your schools.
A prayer you can pray:
God, what a revelation! I can feel the fear lifting. The enemy has tried to put Your people in a box and make us afraid to worship You in the public square. We thought we had to honor the separation of church and state. What a lie! Let Christian parents teach their children to pray in their schools, pray over their friends and teachers, read their Bibles, and sing songs that honor you. I can see our schools’ atmospheres changing! Bless the ACLJ and The Justice Foundation for helping us know how to legally navigate this and take back our First Amendment freedom to worship You anywhere we want to! Thank you, Jesus! Amen.
The courts of America shall not prohibit our worship of God!
1 learn more about David Barton and Wallbuilders here.