Yet, despite their confusion, those earlier Christians generally knew there was a difference between God and the state, even if they could not always tell where it was. Today's Christian conservatives seem to be worshiping America, or at least a certain idea of it, when they ask the government to protect the "sanctity" of marriage.
In doing this, they have vested the state with the power to sanctify. It is what happens when the Holy Spirit (the in Latin) transforms an ordinary thing into a means of salvation.
Teens ought to see sex as something very sacred and good and therefore an act not lightly undertaken.
For that matter, we want them to understand that the consequences of a sexual relation are something that they carry with themselves throughout their life.
What has changed this in recent times is the ongoing march of Cultural Marxism, aka Political Correctness, in both the education system by day and the television system by night.
The fact that only 5.57 percent of teens in the survey thought pre-marital sex was right is remarkable given the pervasive exploitation of young males and females in the media as sex objects and the constant portrayal of sex outside of marriage as normal and an everyday event without consequences.
When Constantine legalized Christianity in the early fourth century, some began to see an almost godlike authority in the state.
An increasing number of Christians found it difficult to tell the difference between the things that belong to Caesar and the things that belong to God.
New York's recent legalization of gay marriage is being hailed by many as a watershed moment in the history of the fight for equal rights for same sex couples.
Whatever the long-term consequences of this decision may be, chances are, in the near term, it will be met with increased opposition from Christian conservatives.