And that brings me to the subject of God, politics and elections, a factor which is now about to envelop us for the next almost two months as America enters after Labor Day into what is known as the main campaign period. The upcoming election offers a battle between two very different visions for America and probably offers an outcome with two such differing results has been seen in America in 1860 and 1864 when the nation was about to enter, then heavily engaged, in the tragic struggle of the American civil war. Then like now, good citizens of faith needed their God to both comfort them from both the imagined fears and the real ones they faced and that faith also gave them the discernment to come to the best answers by way of their vote. That situation is, indeed, on the ballot in a mere two months and none of us can take it lightly.
So, therein lies the substantive reason why separation of church from state is so different from separation of church and state. Each citizen of these United States has his or own faith in varying format. To say that man cannot apply the two to a political matter is folly, and it is for that reason why a President or other national leader may invoke God while undertaking his comples duties, in fact, we should all hope that they will, for mortal man always needs help from higher authority in assuring that what they do is the best thing under their particular consequences. God can never be divorced from the human body politic, for with His almighty power and grace He offers a major complement to it and thus helps us make the world a better place. And it is with that in mind that we all run our views of who and why we will do what we can do when we go to the polling stations on that fateful November day with God's discernment on our side. May God help us choose wisely and reach a conclusion that will serve us and His will for our United States of America. God bless you all and have a joyous Lord's Day.