The current judicial exercise in ensuring a hard separation between religion and the federal or state governments has a fairly short history. It really dates to the last century when Justice Hugo Black resurrected a comment that Thomas Jefferson had made in reply to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association. The Connecticut group had written to congratulate him upon his election to the Presidency in 1804. His use of the phrase â€œa wall of separationâ€ is its first occurrence in text in this land, and in its context it was used as part of his explanation as to why he had chosen not to call for a national day of fasting and thanksgiving as his two predecessors had done upon election. Justice Blackâ€™s appropriation of the remark was much more insidious.
Another example that I think we as a society are failing to understand the concept that words really do mean something. Here is the online PapaJohn’s Pizza coupon that I looked at today (go to their website to see it yourself):
Unlimited Toppings on Any Large Pizza
(up to 7 toppings)
Friends, it cannot be “unlimited” toppings if the limit is seven. It seems PapaJohns has a new definition for “unlimited.” This would be like our speed limit signs reading:
Unlimited Speed on Highway
(up to 70 mph)
Words mean something. Thankfully, God does not speak in the way that people are beginning to speak. When God says something, the words he uses mean something.