As Christians, this is a very Holy time of year when we remember the Good News of The Gospel as it burst on the scene in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. The God of all creation became man, was incarnate in human flesh and the miracle story or our redemption from our rebellion against Him opened an exciting new chapter. No longer would we be separated from Him, no longer would His perfection be inaccessible to us, He had become a little human baby just like us and He would break the barrier of the curse. He would fulfill the penalty for our sin and “When he ascended on high, he took many captives” – that is us, He took us captive and what a glorious captivity!!

This is a story, so amazing, so inspired, so unusual and so refreshingly freeing, it needs to be told. Indeed a story that needs to be told in the nooks and cranny’s of society. It needs to be told to the abused Mom thrown out of her home all the way to banking customers in affluent suburbs. The news is that good, but someone wants to stop you.

In recent years, there has been a debate as to whether sharing this good news was appropriate in the public arenas. We are a nation founded on the separation of church and state don’t you know. Interesting thought but I think that is one of those things Paul called the “Doctrine of Devils” I Timothy 4:1. You see it is a lie from the enemy that to be good Christians and good citizens in the United States is to separate Christianity from public life. We take it out of the schools, out of public policy decisions in all manner of ways, but it was not always so and in fact it is bad theology and bad politics.

I need not go into the theology of sharing our faith in all we do at all times. We know that we are to let our light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. Do we also know that it is good public policy to let our light shine? Our founders and early leaders of this country thought it was:

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” – George Washington

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” – George Washington

“Congress passed this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” – United States Congress 1782

“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.”
– John Adams and John Hancock

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” – John Adams

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.
– Thomas Jefferson

“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” – Andrew Jackson

“In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian…This is a Christian nation” – United States Supreme Court Decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892

I could go on, but I think this sampling provides ample evidence that our founders and early leaders all felt that our civil society depended on our living and sharing the Good News of Jesus. John Adams said it most clearly above when he said that our constitution will only work for a moral and religious people. Civil government does not work unless the people are bridled by their allegiance to God.

It is interesting that the New Testament echo’s this thinking (or I should say the founders thinking echo’s the NT teaching) in that Paul tells us that the law brings death. Romans 8:2-3 “because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.”

Our laws are not sufficient to make us good people. We need the redemption of God. We need the teaching and instruction that comes from God’s word and we power of God in our lives to live what the Bible teaches us. Being a Christian is the best thing you can do to be a good citizen. Do not cow to those who say Christianity has no place in the public arenas of the day. It does. He does. We are a sinful people and without the power of God in our lives to change us, we are a lawless people who can not be constrained by law except by bringing about death.

So, have a very Merry and Holy Christmas and renew your commitment to let the power of God in your life to transform you that your light will so shine before men that they will glorify God.