Many Christians are still very upset about the two newly appointed Democratic Muslim women in office now who chose not to put their hands on the Christian Bible to take oath.
I don’t see the point.
If we did not make religion a part of politics, and expect that the only religion that be allowed in politics be that of the Christian faith, we would not have people using religion as their reason for not practicing our religious traditions (which is exactly what swearing on the Bible is). Right? So in essence, we asked for this and it has been a long time coming.
Here’s the thing, people who swear on the Bible, do so because they fear the Christian version of God. If they don’t fear that God, swearing on the Bible means nothing to them. That’s like making a promise with your fingers crossed behind your back. You might as well hand them a hall pass and tell them to do whatever they want. Having them swear to the God in which they fear, or take the oath on what they are actually swearing to uphold, makes better sense.
I’ve never understood why Christians believe that this is a necessary practice in the first place, especially in a court room. Half of this country doesn’t even believe in God so “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God” doesn’t make a non-believer fear their actions of lying. It literally means nothing to them.
I wouldn’t want anyone else forcing their religious beliefs or practices on me so why should I expect it to be ok for us to do it to them?
Being a Christian is not about how many times you pray a day, whether you go to church, whether you swear on the bible, whether you sing all of the hymnal songs, whether you put up a Christmas tree, etc. No, it’s about having a personal relationship with God. It’s between one person and God.
If you follow Jesus, you have already committed to telling the truth with or without that oath. It’s part of the 10 commandments. So making an oath by swearing on a bible is not necessary for believers and it doesn’t make non-believers fear their actions, so it’s pointless to want them to even do it. Maybe I’m missing something here.
Would I like for everyone to believe in the God I believe in? Absolutely. Can I force them too? Absolutely not and the more you try to force your religious beliefs on others, the more they run from them.
Christianity is not the only religion in this country and this country is made up of SO many people who are non-Christian. If we want to keep religion in politics, we will have to accept that we can’t make others believe in, or practice, our religion.
The 1st Amendment of the Constitution says so. Either we respect the Constitution or we don’t.
So either we, as Christians, accept all religions in politics or we accept none and remove the practice of religion out of politics all together. It does not remove God. He doesn’t care if you swear on a Bible or not. He cares whether you believe in and follow Christ. That’s it.
First Amendment Reminder
The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.