There is a reason that our founding fathers wanted to protect the church from the powers of government (by the way, they didn’t intend for the wall to protect government from the influence of the church). Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Tony Blair just provided the most recent example of one in an article entitled “Tony Blair tells the Pope: you’re wrong on homosexuality.” The opening line of the story doesn’t make it sound any better or more sensible either:
Tony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views.
Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals.
News flash for Mr. Blair – we do accept gay people as equals. They are created in the image of God and are loved by God, but that doesn’t give excuse to rebel against God in sexual areas any more than it does in any other area of life. Blair doesn’t understand the concept of sin I would guess. He is suggesting that the church should “overlook” certain sins to be more politically correct. This already occurs in the area of abortion, where people say it isn’t murder because it is “just a mass of tissue.” Instead, we need to be more understanding or progressive in Blair’s mind:
Asked about the Pope’s stance, Mr Blair blamed generational differences and said: “We need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you approach your religious faith.”
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Mr Blair, who now travels the world on behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to promote understanding of the main religions, left the Church of England for Rome soon after leaving office in 2007.
In the interview Mr Blair spoke of a “quiet revolution in thinking” and implied that he believed the Pope to be out of step with the public.
Heaven help him, the Pope should be out of step with the public. I am no defender of the Pope or Roman Catholicism, but I am happy to point out when they do the right thing. Believers of every stripe should be “out of step with the public.” Isn’t that the whole point of Romans 12:1-2:
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I know that Mr. Blair is no longer in political office, but he still holds whatever “credibility” he has based on his political career and there are plenty who are currently in political office that would love nothing more than to assert their influence into the church. But the “wall of separation” that the founders set up in this country was a one-way barrier to keep the government out of the church’s business, not the other way around.