Pay attention to the spiritual implications of your actions

In the United States, The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Government has removed itself from anything that touched upon human beings’ relationship with God.

With so much talk about faith and politics in the United States. It often has a very evangelical flavor—especially during election time. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) offers a balanced perspective on the politics-spiritual rhetoric:

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) The founding fathers were clear about separation of church and state. So they established a democratic system that ensures freedom of religion and prohibits the establishment of a state religion. At the same time, the founders imbued the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with an ethical and spiritual tone. The separation of church and state was never meant to imply a government devoid of spiritual principles. Actually, the two are compatible. But fear of violating this separation leads some people to reject any discussion with spiritual overtones. As a result, we lose the opportunity to strengthen our institutions by asking that they pay attention to the spiritual implications of their actions.

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