As civilization came into form so did institutionalized religion. The church functioned more as a governing body in concert with the rulers of the time. The church governing power was in the realm of morality, and exercised a heavy hand policing the people. As a result, the church and rulers became very wealthy. The people had a duty to the church alone with taxation and civil laws of the government. The hierarchy clergy exercised about as much power over the people as did the government. Jesus described this religion as leading the people into a grave of dry bones, and not serving the people’s spiritual needs as servants from God. The powers of the church stood between each person and their God.
Around the 15th century a movement started to teach that each person should have a personal relationship with God; that a person could pray to God and come to an understanding of the scriptures. Such clergymen as Will Tyndell of England and Martin Luther of Germany was the spearhead of the movement.
By the providence of God, for the pass 100 years clergymen has began to serve the people in the name of Jesus. Our Pastors of today desires that each member begin to seek God through the Word of God personally, and reach out to the Pastor when they have questions concerning a scripture or concerning the Pastor’s sermon. Believe me, if this would come into fruition, than we would witness the most joyful clergymen ever to walk the Earth.
This is a huge change from the pass history of the church. But low and behold, as I began to write on the internet, I consistently in counted opposition based on the past reputation of the church such as the Crusades of the 12th century unto the burning of witches in New England. I have yet to convince the atheist who attacks my Christian writings that present day clergy have become spiritual servants to the people, and constantly preach the following of Jesus, the Son of God.
Our governmental bodies such as the Supreme Court of the U.S. is not suppressing the powers of the church’s control over the people, but they are suppressing the influence of the church. This is clearly displayed by the banning of prayer in public schools followed by banning bibles from the campus of public schools. This infringes upon the church’s freedom of speech, and is not a correction to misdirected and over reaching powers of the church. Any restriction of influence is a direct attack upon One’s freedom of speech.
Members of the church has the right to have political meetings because they are also citizens of the nation. To deprive the church of being a nonprofit organization and taxed if any political speeches are given from the pulpit is an undermining of the church’s constitutional rights. I ask the Supreme Court, can we members of the church leave the church building and All together walk into a public park or open field in order to meet and discuss needed social changes and political resolves with our Pastor remaining our leader? If yes, what is the difference between the two relative to our constitutional rights? If no, than this is a severe breach of our constitutional rights to have public meetings as citizens. Of course, I am not a student of the U.S. Constitution; I only speak from common sense.