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None of this is to suggest that Christianity is indifferent to government. Thick passages in Romans 13 and First Peter 2 speak to the role of the state. However, distinguishing between a nation whose political life should welcome the deepest convictions of its citizens, on the one hand, and putting the very practice of those convictions into the hands of the nation's government should not be difficult. Christians should be keen to learn from past church-state mistakes and going forward to be attentive to getting things right. In politics as in all things, it's about imitating Christ.

Carl H. Esbeck is the R.B. Price Professor of Law at the University of Missouri.

See also today's editorial on the Supreme Court decision, "Why We Pray Before Public Meetings (and Let Pagans Do, Too)."

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