I'm sure if you've ever had a serious discussion about our current Republic with anyone from the liberal sect, you've found they heartily believe man incapable of ruling, or governing himself. Actually, in our current state of affairs, that's an accurate statement. What differs in the thought process is who should hold mankind accountable.
First let me clear up the "man cannot govern himself" statement. While we are all responsible for our individual behavior, (contrary to a liberal's point of view), we have to have something to hold us each accountable. The liberal view is it should be a strong handed government, enacting and enforcing laws to keep the population under "control." You see they are convinced we cannot help ourselves, and by that standard we need a heavy handed authority to take responsibility for guiding our actions. Man and woman, in their eyes, are victims of the circumstances surrounding them. For instance, if there was a murder involving a weapon, it wasn't the actions of the person in possession of the weapon, it was the fact the weapon was made available. No weapon, no crime! Neglecting the likelihood the aggressor would have used his bare hand, or anything else at their disposal to commit the felony. This is the excuse they use to limit our freedoms, and tax us for the over site. More taxes mean more government, more government means more control, and in their eyes that's a good thing. So you should happily pay exorbitant tax rates, as it supplies a safer environment for us all.
Here's the flaw! Government is run by....people! By their own definition, people cannot help themselves. Our founding fathers knew this! That's why they based our form of government on a Judeo-Christian philosophy. Without the people answering to a higher power, (God), you still have the problem of people governing people, and by the critic's own admission, that doesn't work! So as they chip away at the foundation supplied by our founding fathers, so they erode the premise that makes a Republic work. The notion of separation of Church and state is an example of the attack on our foundation. I'll give them that. You heard it right, I'll give them separation of Church and state, but I won't concede the separation of God and state! HE is the higher power that makes this Republic work. Those Ten Commandments and the penance of eternal damnation, are all we need to keep us accountable. It can never be compromised by human error, and the punishment for noncompliance is infinite. You cannot blame the weapon in the example above, the weapon can't be sent to hell.
The liberal argument holds up when you assign the Church as the higher power. The Church is merely an organization, (like the government), run by.....you guessed it.....people! That's corruptible. Man is indeed flawed, God is not. We are born in sin, God is not. Man cannot govern man, but God can! When we act in alignment with those simple Ten Commandments gifted to us by the Higher Power, there are no gray areas. That's exactly why our founding fathers based our Republic on that ideology. As long as we held to the principles defined by God, our sinful heritage could not compromise men governing men. When we allow man to become the final authority, well, the results speak for themselves.
George Washington himself addressed this in his First Inaugural Speech....
...." the foundations of our National policy will be laid pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win affection of it's Citizens, and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire; since there is not truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and the course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be so less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained. And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."
No fooling around, our purpose stated by the first President right out of the box. Now someone tell me where a separation of God and State has any legs?