In the guise of returning decency to society, there is a deceptive scheme at work in political and religious circles today — people who believe that God’s purposes on the earth will best be served if Christians will grab the reins of political power. History shows us what happens when religious leaders control politics.
Since the time of Constantine until the conflict in Northern Ireland, religion and politics have not mixed without shedding blood. Catholics murdered their heretics and Protestants murdered theirs. Almost everyone persecuted the Jews. Such religious oppression has only recently been curtailed in governments like the United States, where a separation of church and state has been enshrined in a constitution and enforced by adherence to it.