Of Church and State

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
John Jay

Of Church and State…george-washington-praying

“What of it?” you might ask.

Well, I am in a strange predicament.  There are people who will not vote for me as Sheriff because I am, “too Christian,” for their liking.   They claim there is a, “separation of church and state,” and that being an outspoken Christian running for public office is wrong.

The most common reason people are afraid of outspoken Christians running for office is because they assume that Biblical Christians would implement some kind of Christian Theocracy. Not only would I not do such a thing but the County Sheriff has no authority to do such a thing.  The county legislature is the body of government responsible to write law.  The role of the Sheriff is to uphold the law of the land and ensure that due process is afforded to every individual of society regardless of religious affiliation or other social factors.

Fortunately, our government has been set upon a foundation of liberty.  This means each individual is free to choose the path of their life so long as it does not interfere with the natural rights of another individual.   Furthermore, Jesus Himself has provided everyone with a tremendous amount of freedom to either choose Him or not.  Sadly, most people choose Barabbas.  Therefore, let me make this clear, I am not a supporter of a government mandated Religion (aka State Church).  We must remember that law is force, and force must never be applied in such a way.  In as much as law must never be applied to compel a person to belong to a “State Church,” it also must not be applied to prohibit the lawful free-exercise of religious expression.  This is the reason our Framers included religious expression in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Since many people do not fully understand the implications of a “State Church,” I will elaborate on it for a minute.   A “State Church” is a government mandated belief structure; one where it becomes illegal to belong to any other type of Church or Religion.  Historically speaking, in this country, this included only Christian denominations.  Our founding fathers had to contend with the Government sanctioned religious system of the Church of England, today’s Episcopal Church.  This means, the Government was authorized to use force upon individuals to collect a tithe for the mandated Church.  The Government was authorized to punish individuals who did not attend worship services at the mandated Church.  In short, the Government was authorized to use force to compel people to belong to, participate in, and contribute to, this particular Christian denomination.    This is entirely against the Constitution and Biblical Christianity.

As a Biblical Christian, I will continue to lean on my faith and understanding of the Bible to help me make wise decisions for the benefit of individuals in Suffolk County.  Admittedly, the Bible is the ultimate source of authority in my life.  Other controlling documents would be the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the New York State Constitution and Suffolk County Charter.

As your Sheriff,  you will be free to believe, practice, and preach whatever you currently believe, practice, and preach as long as you do not cause harm to another individual.

This mindset is simple to remember, “Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff.”

Even though I’m a Christian, don’t be afraid to vote for me.  After all, in my eyes, I am answerable to God for my actions because I know He is watching and holding me accountable for how I serve you.  Ultimately, my faith is the greatest insurance for your trust.

Vote Peter Krauss for Sheriff in 2017.


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