Thank you very much for the article.
When it comes to the relationship between church and state, it is to me important to identify what the real issue is about and to me it is: to whom should I give my allegiance to without losing my identity? If the church represent the principles of God, therefore let me follow it. If the state represents the principles of God, therefore let me follow it.
Unfortunately it becomes clear that both do not represent God’s principles to the fullest and it is usually the church that has this responsibility to remind the state of its moral obligations to our society. The church does become a moral compass to the state.
The church does not have the expertise on state’s policies but the church as a moral compass can influence those who create such policies so that they may reflect God’s principles for a better society.
Whether we are from the left, or from the right, or from the center or even independent from the existing spectrum of political stands, parties or philosophies, we have no monopoly of truth and therefore we need each other to make our society a better place through state’s policies.
This article does not touch on the existence of members of the church working for the state, the same way as Joseph and/or Daniel who worked for their respective state within the state. States should always be seen as enemies of God’s principles.
However the following questions remain; Do the state’s actions or policies prevent us from being us as followers of God and of His principles? Does receiving funds from the state silence us from speaking out against certain state’s actions or policies?
If we do say yes to any of these above questions, we do have a problem of ‘robbing God’ but if we do say no to both of these above questions we therefore do not ‘rob God’.