Biblically, if you're a Revelation watcher, this has been prophesied. The next step is a union of church and state, which has been well on its way since 9/11. This country has stood for separation of church and state at its founding, and is slowly turning away from this constitutional fundamental. It is both scary and wonderful simultaneously if you believe that we are in that end time of bible prophecy. On the one hand, persecution by the beast power is looming (recall history and the inquisition when the church-which was really a church/state- held incredible power over all nations), but Christ is coming again to take us home. Are we ready? will it happen in our lifetime. Just some of my thoughts. I've pondered this for most of my life, and I pray for strength in these troubled times.