A historical perspective of the Churches and government would show the government wanting to control the Churches and/or the Churches wanting to
control the government. This struggle, that is a religious struggle, can be noted to the time before Christ as well as to periods after his
crucifixion outside of the Holy City.
We can see moments of truth, come to light, during such periods of turmoil as we now see coming upon our horizon. Political force, whether arising
from a religious body or a political body, will try manipulating the whims of the populace in its favor without regard to justice or truth.
Personally I see many examples of truth coming to light, in history, which, sadly, over time become the nest of the next tyrant. The tyrant may be a
religious tyrant, political tyrant, or a mixture of both with a commonality of a lust for power above all else. In order to maintain power they need
control. In order to maintain control they need the best mechanism of the time to influence the masses. This may be print, the word of the current
religious majority, the word of the current powers in place such as University’s or Colledge’s..etc, etc.
If you look at the reformation, which had its home in Germany, we see a priest, Martin Luther, who saw that justification by faith the sole means of
salvation, as opposed to the indulgences of the Catholic Church at the time. This caused a stir in Europe, gaining political support because the
rulers at that time saw a means of reducing the tyranny of the church upon the governments of Europe. (mostly monarchies) They ran with this allowing
this idea of freedom to take hold in the hearts of many. Imagine, your salvation no longer depended upon a donation to a priest; it deepened solely
upon your belief in Christ. A yoke was lifted.
Yet even the Lutheran church, after gaining power, began to become corrupted by power to the point that during the 1930’s and 1940’s many
Protestants and Catholics supported the Nazi’s.
As the Nazi’s gained power they, who courted church favor at first, then turned upon the Churches forcing many Catholic priests, Lutheran
pastors(though not as many), Methodist pastors to detainment camps and to death.
They spared only those who towed the Nazi line. As this historical catalyst evolved, the Nazi regime, pushed for a National Church in order to be
sure, to gain, complete power over the people.
Some protested, but the denominations as a whole, sought appeasement, allowing the gospel of freedom to water down completely.
There is far too much to explore when it comes to religions and politics. I will not bore anybody with any other historical narratives but suffice it
to say you can find this same line of political/religious thought in Japan’s history, China’s history, India’s history, Persia’s history so on
and so forth.
In conclusion, the US governments crack down upon the Mega-Churches smells of the above. I am not saying I agree with the Mega-Church’s belief
system or the Prosperity Gospel. I am saying that this move by the Senator looks very much like the government moving into position to wrest greater
control upon the American Churches.