Admittedly, it was more than hard to continue to listen after I heard the preacher boast that the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment was incompatible with the Gospel. My first reaction was to simply drop the online feed and move on, but I didn’t as I hoped I would hear something I needed to hear aside from the preacher’s opinion.
Since then I have thought a lot about his comment and I’ve come to realize exactly how wrong his statement is on several levels.
First off, the preacher must not realize that without the protection of the First Amendment what he said to those gathered before him, would not have save him from a tyrannical government. And what about those who assembled? They too would have been in grave danger from that same tyrannical power, had not some protection been provided via the First Amendment.
Then there is the fact that his/their/our religious beliefs would not be safe under a repressive regime had the First Amendment not been written by God-fearing, Gospel-understanding men. It’s obvious that our Founders understood the distinctions between ‘natural law’ (God’s law), which are our civil liberties, and man’s inherent predatory nature to usurp power and hold sway over all others.
Yes, the First Amendment and the Gospel seem to be a strange pairing, however if one understands the message of the Gospel – which is simply expressed by our Christ in John 13:34 (NIV), “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” then the First Amendment as well as the following nine of God’s laws align in perfection to the Gospel. To say otherwise is to act as an agent of the Evil One.