Ezra 6:7 (KJV)
Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.
I would suggest to those in civil authority that they pay heed to this passage. Darius lived thousands of years ago, but the God of heaven saw fit to preserve his words. Indeed, it is because civil government and the house of God are separate institutions. The Bible makes it clear that the higher of the two is the house of God. Therefore, when civil authorities interfere with the house of God, it will be to the harm and loss of those authorities.
The greatest governments in history have vanished into extinction – ruined by immorality, graft, and lack of patriotism. The house of God, on the other hand, continues true to the faith once delivered. One might think this is not true because the house of God has changed from the Old Testament Temple of New Testament churches.
First, while God has set Israel aside, His work for them is only suspended, not discontinued.
Second, the plan of God is being carried forward as it was in the Old Testament system, by the New Testament system. His work continues without so much as a hiccup.
Let the work of this house of God alone.
The United States Constitution declares as much. The founders of our nation understood this principle. Our country has hope for the future so long as its servants apply this principle. Our country is on shaky ground when her representatives presume to have some sort of authority over the house of God.
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