Church and State Separate (Texas Case)

Some years ago a young woman was executed by lethal injection by the state of Texas for committing two brutal murders. Karla Faye Tucker had a rough troubled life until she was so far gone into drugs and addictions she followed the road that was leading her to hell.

One sad day she axed two people to death and later said she found pleasure in it. This is how deep in sin she had gone.

But while she was in prison the Lord saved her from her sins even as he promised he would do for anyone who calls on his name for salvation.

She dedicated her life to the gospel teaching others of the love of Jesus.

She was a member of the body of Christ and lived the life to support the claim that she was born again; a new creature in Christ Jesus.

But Texas did not care if she was radically saved. They killed her anyhow for the evil deeds she had done. Texas did not see her sins as under the blood for how could they execute a woman of God? Texas executed a murderer not a woman of God according to them. But the church said they executed a woman of God washed in the blood of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Did Texas execute a murderess or did Texas execute a woman of God? One cannot be a murderer and a Christian at the same time. It cannot be. One or the other is the facts of it.

David Barton of Wall builders claims that the church and the state are intended by God to be the same thing. Many believe this also. But if the state and the church are not separate  as David Barton and all the Dominionists believe why did they not forgive Karla Faye Tucker and let her live?

Why did not the Romans allow Peter to live? History says they crucified Peter for transgressing their laws. We can be sure Peter was an innocent man. But we cannot compare Peter to Karla Faye Tucker. Tucker did commit the murders. She confessed to it and asked forgiveness from the families of her victims.

All through history we see the church and state are not the same.

 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” (Acts 16)

In these passages we see there was a great earthquake. All their bands were loosed and all the doors were opened. But what did Paul do? Did he and Silas run out of the jail shouting hallelujah because God had set them free from jail? No, in fact when the jailer was about to kill himself, rather than face his superiors for losing his prisoners Paul said to him not to do himself harm for they were all there. Paul and Silas could have run off. But they knew that church and state are separate. God loosed all their bands because the truth is God wants no one in jail or in chains. He wants all men free in every way.

Paul and Silas knew to submit to the state laws even though they knew God wanted them free.

The state doesn’t see it as God does. Jesus said to render to Caesar what is his and to God what is his.

Karla Faye Tucker rendered to Caesar what was his and to God what was his. It had to be this way. It must be understood that God also loved the victims and their families.

Church and state are separate and for it to be seen as the same is to confuse Caesar with God.

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