OUR VIEW - His faith in God guided decisions

You'll find the text of Judge Earl McGimpsey's remarks at this morning's National Day of Prayer observance at First Presbyterian Church at www.norwalkreflector.com. The retiring Huron County Court of Common Pleas judge gave a powerful, moving speech on the role faith has played in his life and career.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

You’ll find the text of Judge Earl McGimpsey’s remarks at this morning’s National Day of Prayer observance at First Presbyterian Church at www.norwalkreflector.com.

The retiring Huron County Court of Common Pleas judge gave a powerful, moving speech on the role faith has played in his life and career.

The role of faith in so many aspects of American society has been the subject of a lot of debate and controversy over the past few decades with some wanting us to dispense with all pretensions to the contrary and declare ourselves a Christian nation, and others arguing that the wall of separation between church and state be maintained.

There was no misunderstanding where Judge McGimpsey stands on this question. He stated emphatically America is not a Christian nation and his is not a Christian court.

Be that as it may, it’s his faith in God that has guided his decisions and it’s that same faith that serves as the basis of our nation’s concept of morality and what is right.

“The United States is not a Christian nation, just as it is not a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. It is not a theocracy, but a dynamic democracy, a secular state,” he said. “Godliness is not an attribute of the United States of America, but hopefully it is an attribute of its people.”

We couldn’t have said it better and wish that combatants in the religion debate in America — and the world — would heed his words.

As McGimpsey noted, throughout history, whenever groups or political movements have claimed exclusive knowledge of what God wants, generally bad things have followed. Those who think that it would not happen here because we are mostly Christian are deluding themselves.

Quoting President Abraham Lincoln at his second inaugural, McGimpsey wound up his remarks as follows: “Pray not that your side will prevail, but pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding. Give thanks to God who has given us this good land; ask for forgiveness and be willing to forgive others; and judge not that you be not judged.”

The debate on the role of religion in our government will no doubt continue to rage, but it’s hard to see how we can go far wrong if we heed those words.

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Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.