CHURCH AND STATE
The churchs task with regard to the state which is
posed for all time is thus clear. First, it must loyally give the state everything
necessary to its existence. It has to oppose anarchy and all zealotism within its own
ranks. Second, it has to fulfill the office of watchmen over the state. That means it must
remain in principle critical towards every state and be ready to warn it against
transgression of its legitimate limits. Third, it must deny to the state which exceeds it
limits, whatever such a state demands that lies within the province of religio-ideological
excess; and in its preaching, the church must courageously describe this excess as
opposition to God.
Oscar Cullman, The State in the N.T.,
One of the changes that came with the rise to power of
Oliver Cromwell in 17th-century England was the nations coinage. New coins were
struck with the engraving God with Us on one side, and on the reverse
The Republic of England.
One old nobleman, a royalist and anti-Puritan to the core,
saw the coins and commented: Quite proper that God and the republic should be on
Today in the Word, March 24, 1993
The church cannot share the temporal power of the state
without being the object of a portion of that animosity which the latter excites. - Alexis
David Hocking, The Moral Catastrophe,
Harvest House, 1990, p. 259.