a). Evidence supports there has never truly been a separation of Church and State
b). Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
So just to be clear the foundation of our faith is forever intertwined with Judaism. Christian and Judaic history establish definitively that the Genesis of our inclusive standards begin with Adam and Eve. For the next 15 centuries many of Gods people faithfully adhered to the teachings of Moses, the lineage of Joshua, Jacob and Esau through the tribes of Israel and King David fully encompassing the Old Covenant
The Kings and Generational leaders of the tribes clearly established over thousands of years their creation of fundamental laws based upon the teachings gathered from the Old Testament (Covenant) to govern the people. The power and the love of God through the parables taught by the prophets under the Old Covenant is explicitly described. The lessons prescribed throughout the Books of the Judaic world were precursors of the coming of the lamb of God; the Son of man; the promised Messiah; Christ Jesus Lord and Savior.
The governing concepts and the repressive and servile laws of the Pharaoh’s clearly should have been supportive from the foundations of the Ten Commandments issued to and received by Moses from God the almighty creator. Sadly instead the laws of the land were established and manipulated by Kings and Rulers often by inaccurate interpretations and surreptitiously evolved human greed corrupting the will of the creator and more clearly establishing the concept of free will and therefore human mismanagement lacking of Gods love and compassion.
Regardless of the multitude of God centered teachings told by the prophets through parable after parable across many lands and civilizations the people of the many tribes fell dangerously short of openly accepting the foretelling of the promised Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Due to the presence of mandated free will in the pre new covenant established by the living and breathing Messiah (God in the form of man on earth) The leaders and Kings of the nomadic and geographically stable civilizations greedily chose many alternative oppositions to the holy teachings and lessons of a loving but stern and powerful Creator in heaven.
The 1500 years of the Old Covenant established by God was a period of juxtaposed conflict between man and the Creator. This was the question of the wide schism of great leaders and significant characters that either humbly and faithfully adhered to the Fathers words of faith and growth sustaining the survival of the people of the earliest biblical characters, tribes and cultures or continually ignored instruction and the teachings of the almighty. We know of the great effort and wondrous journey take by Moses to the top of the mountain to bring the the great charter of the Ten Commandments to the people. We are so inspired by the parting of the waters as Gods chosen people were delivered from the hands of Pharaoh and servitude to be a free people guided by the power of our heavenly father. Joshua, Noah, and so many prophets followed the commands of God. They lived the life and through prayer and deliverance taught the fear, respect and service that was to be given to our creator. Unfortunately the many leaders and tribal leaders that due to evil human greed and the simple existence of Satan in the form of plagues, death, destruction and sin dominated much of this 1500 year period. The worship of false Gods and the sinful lusts of wealth and control of neighboring cultures were the antithesis of his teachings. Sodom and Gomorrah, the tragic killings of many of God’s great leaders (Prophets) who were martyred for their faith and adherence to the necessary rules of heaven, the manna of our God.
Such a tremendous distinction from the way paved for us all because of the promise of the new Covenant. As John the Baptist opened the way for the Messiah, the lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth, the son that replaced the Old Covenant, Jesus Christ our savior and king. Over the past 2500 years we have a new lease on life……Eternal life with 5 powerful concepts that if we are to follow this guidance we are truly living in his light.
The 5 powerful concepts are as follows . Number 1 the Power of PRAYER followed by number 2 SCRIPTURAL Living…..number 3 walking as his WITNESS…………NUMBER 4 TESTIMONY by the SPIRIT and number 5 SANCTIFICATION of the Body and Mind. As we move forward there is no true separation of God’s people from Heavenly guidance and World Governments apart from hands in prayer and the word as it guides our leaders in decision making. Only true reliance upon prayer will lead us ultimately to the Promised land and beyond……Building a Christlike centered life is clearly not simple or easy for anyone. Living in the world is not the same as being of the world. Synergizing these crucial basic premises of Christianity is possible. Linking Prayer, with the daily lessons from God’s biblical word in conjunction with witnessing to others through testimony as a living example and seeking sanctification from the Holy Spirit. Carpe diem brothers and sisters.
ADDENDUM : 5 essential spiritual guidelines for New Testament Living
#1) Types of Prayer
Praise, Thanksgiving, Intervention and healing in others lives, daily prayers for guided wisdom in our lives, and spontaneous prayers inspired by our openness to his leading. Yes those are six different types of prayers I have shared. To clarify first and foremost is the Prayer of PRAISE is for God giving us life and allowing us to serve him, Secondly the Prayer of Thanksgiving needs to be Universal not just to acknowledge the Lord on our day of recognition of his birth (Christmas), his Resurrection (Easter) and other Calendar defined holy days or Church and family solemn holidays. The remaining tupes of Prayer are self explanatory.
Next if we are truly seeking Gods will in our daily lives through his saving grace it really is essential that we make every attempt to work at walking in the light simply by seeking scriptural living. Its not just about reading verses gleaned from the Bible but trying to interpret the personal lessons that God’s inspirational prose can guide us individually and day to day. Certainly the scriptures are not just to be read but to be fully lived by immersion in our lives.
,Thirdly how do we walk the walk and talk the talk. Through a living witness of compassion and giving of our time and abilities to intervene and support others as needed in their personal struggles. Using the example that Christ established during his earthly life will clearly continue to show us how we can be a living testimony of Christlikeness. Speaking the lifegiving path and hope that the Lord has graciously encouraged us to share with others encouraging family, friends and others before selfishly being bound of in our own turmoil and personal struggles.
Now many may believe and say isn’t TESTIMONY the same as WITNESSING to the Lords continued intervention in our lives. To a point perhaps but I suggest that even more so testimony is clear verbal acknowledgement and sharing of how God is working in your life right now and wantong to share with others your walk and direct experience with the Lord. You are talking about the contract you have signed with the Heavenly Father to follow the road to your heavenly home at the end of your days. Testimony is just one of many keys that gives you acquisition to the body of Christ.
Lastly SANCTIFICATION is the complete immersion in the mind of Christ and how we commit to a holy life body and soul. It can be attained through devoutly seeking his will in all things…….His saving grace can lead you to full sanctification.