At the beginning of a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Monday, Oct. 21, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson opened the meeting with a prayer, delivering the statement that “separation of church and state means that the church does not dominate the state, and it means the state does not dominate the church.” However, church and state, need to work together in order to promote godly principles.
“Our kind Father in Heaven, we’re so thankful for the many blessings that you have bestowed upon us in this country, and we’re thankful for the people of courage who have been here before us, who have fought hard for the rights of our country,” said Carson in prayer.
“And we thank you for President Donald Trump, who also exhibits great courage in face of constant criticism. And we ask that you would give him strength to endure and the wisdom lead, and to recognize you as the sovereigns of the universe with the solution to everything. And the people around the president —the vice president, the Cabinet, the advisers—give us all an understanding heart and a compassionate heart. Those are the things that will keep America great.”
“As a nation that separation of church and state… doesn’t mean that they cannot work together to promote godly principles of loving your fellow man, of caring about your neighbor, of developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, and having values and principles that govern your life,” he continued.
“And if we do those things, then we will always be successful. And we thank you for hearing our prayer, in your Holy name. Amen.”
The concept of a “separation of church and state” reinforces the legal right of free people to freely live their faith, even in public; without fear of government coercion. Free exercises mean you may have a faith and may live it.
In other words, the church should not rule over the state, and the state cannot rule over the church. Religion is too important to be a government program or a political pageant, according to Time.