Do Our Beliefs Need to Be on Public Display?
In response to the two rulings on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court on the public display of the Ten Commandments, Cal Thomas, in his column today, poses a thought-provoking question for conservative Christians: . . .
While critics of these mostly anti-religious rulings are right in scolding the court for its misinterpretation of the Constitution, are such persons also in violation of the will of the very God they claim to represent? Why, in fact, do such people feel the need for public displays representing what they believe? Isn't this a kind of false security, similar to airport security screeners?
Religious activists fool themselves if they believe public displays of the Ten Commandments reflect a more moral and less corrupt nation. One needs only to watch television to discern the level of our depravity.
God dismissed the visible sacrifices of the ancient Israelites when those sacrifices became rituals. In their hearts and behavior, they worshipped false gods. Their actions did not match their doctrines. Do those advocating for more public displays of religion privately practice what they publicly preach? If they did, the influence of their proclaimed righteousness might reach all the way to the Supreme Court. Whether it did, or not, it would reach all the way to their God.
Should we as Christians be all that concerned about whether our beliefs are visibly represented in the public square? Does God really need the State to promote Him?