Why must we separate church and state?

In a time where we need church more than ever, one thought comes to mind: Why did America make the decision to take prayer out of schools and the workplace in the first place?

The phrase separation of church and state does not appear in the Constitution, but rather is derived from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group identifying themselves as the Danbury Baptists.

In that letter, quoting the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, he writes: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church and State."

I remember a time when a child could go to school and give God the honor and respect that he deserves for waking us all up in the morning to go to school in the first place, and ask that he watch over and protect us all throughout the day.

You could go to school and you wouldn’t have to worry about a band of students coming into the school and shooting up the place, because everyone was acknowledging God first and foremost.

The violence in schools was nowhere near the levels that it is now and students are more violent and uncaring than ever before.

When I was a kid, my parents always made sure that we said a prayer before we went to bed at night and before we left for school in the morning and we always felt that God was watching over us at all times.

All of my friends in kindergarten and first grade used to be excited to get the chance to lead the class in prayer for the morning and would be quite upset if they were skipped over for another student.

It is my firm belief that taking prayer out of school has led to many of the problems that we now face in schools systems all over America. The incidents of Columbine, Armstrong High School in Richmond, Va. And W.R. Myers High School is further proof that without prayer in schools the devil will most certainly take over in the long run.

Now some of you may wonder why it is that I am going off on a topic that is so old but let me tell you this; God never gets old. God never gets left out. If more people acknowledged this fact America would be in a better state.

With a president that has been labeled as the devil and has no idea how to run a country, we as Americans, and African Americans in particular, should most definitely have the Lord on our side at all times.

As you go throughout your day GSU please put God first in your lives; without him we are nothing and can do nothing.