Let’s assume, correctly, by the way, that Holy Scriptures reveal everything God wants us to know about Him. Included are commands and direction that help people lead good lives in moral, ethical, and spiritual ways. To petition help from God, and thus from His Holy Word, is a serious matter for Christians who actively believe the Bible, and for non-Christians who passively acknowledge its rightness.
Across the board, from the highest office in the land to local offices, the oath of office nearly always ends with the phrase, “So help me God.” Therefore, because laws of the land are not always palatable or perfect, those in public office are bound by an oath to appeal to God for help. Under oath, the officeholder is expected to seek God’s help, as given in Holy Scriptures, and under oath hold it preeminently above much lesser judges, courts, and laws. Otherwise, why invoke His help?
It is necessary to note that the appeal for help is not to courts or special interest groups, nor even to laws of the land. The appeal is to the highest Authority. Therefore, oath-takers like county clerks, who seek help from on High and subsequently refuse to provide marriage licenses to homosexual couples, are keeping their oath, “So help me God.” The public should neither demand nor presume that a lesser authority overrides the Godly direction sought and followed by the oath-taker.
This concerns not only county clerks doing their job but also lawmakers – oath-takers, too – who cater to special interest groups, or who make and enforce laws that kill unborn children and the elderly and infirmed, or who place lives at risk in the name of public health policies. They’ve broken their oath by NOT seeking God’s help like they said they would, much less listening when it is given (already given, by the way, in the Holy Scriptures).
Rights are never surrendered when one serves a public office.
The last time I checked, God is supreme, the highest court in the land sits under the banner of His Ten Commandments, and Judeo-Christian religious freedom – practiced publicly or in private – is still a tenet of America’s founding, the free exercise of which is never surrendered when one serves in a public office.
I’d like to keep it that way, so help me God.