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.
We are told in the Scriptures that those who seek the truth will surely find it. The Word of God states that those seekers, the pious, will find wisdom in the counsel of His Word. Only there can they come to know God and his Christ, Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace. When they put on Christ, through immersion and with a heart of obedience, they have begun to seek spiritual things and to cast off the worldly. The carnal and religious follies surrounding them will be forsaken and renounced. They will become quickened in their spirit and alive to God, and will seek to please Him in all things. They will seek out those like minded persons in assemblies of the body of Christ, which is the plan of God and Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Universally they will be distinguished by regular and steady advancement in wisdom and holiness under the tutelage of the Master Teacher. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. Each day, the wise becomes yet wiser. They bear reproof with gratitude, prepared to exchange error for truth and ignorance for knowledge. Neither too arrogant so as to not listen to the particulars and the applications of the teaching, nor too adverse as to not see the hope of salvation; they will seek the narrow path and the strait way that leads to salvation. Never too wise to be taught, nor too proud to confess their own ignorance and sin, they will soon attain daily those spiritual blessings and will press forward towards the high calling of God, being filled with the fullness of Him that fills all in all. They pray: “Lord, teach me the way of your laws and lead me in the path of your commandments; grant to me wisdom and keep my heart from sin.” Their names shall be written in the Book of Life; and they shall all be taught of God. They will become the blessed disciples of the good news, that Gospel Plan which is the hope of salvation. Surely in that temple which wisdom has raised, you shall eat of the Tree of Life and your days shall be multiplied; and you shall have life everlasting.
This is the heritage of the servants of God and His Christ. If you have all this, what will you lack either in this life and in the next?
For the Word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Penetrating through to the dividing of soul and spirit and joints and marrow, it is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart.