After having read our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, I have not found the phrase "separation of church and state" in these three documents.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson makes references to "Nature's God," "Creator" and "Divine Providence." During the debates of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin appealed for daily prayers, and pleaded that the "Father of lights" illuminate their wisdom.
There are those at work today who deny our Judeo-Christian heritage. Our Founding Fathers did not seek separation of church and state. There were times when a day would be set aside for fasting and prayer. They were against government having a particular church, as England did with the Church of England.
As signers of the Declaration of Independence, these men pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Our Constitution begins with, "We the people..." What power there is in those words.
Help us all to realize how important this presidential election is, that it could very well change our course of history. As we cast our votes, whether we are Democrat, Republican or independent, let us plead with the Father of lights to illuminate our wisdom.
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