What is a Church? Isn't a Church really just another form of government? In the end don't governments and churches really perform the same exact services -- just camouflaged in different terms and different rituals? Isn't the primary function they BOTH perform to instill ETHICS into the individual with the slight difference that Church calls its ethics "morals" and the State calls its ethics "laws."
A further difference is the Church attempts to inculcate INTERNAL ethics and the State attempts to inculcate EXTERNAL ethics. A "moral character" requires an internal adoption of morals whereas a "good citizen" requires an external compliance with the law.
Accordingly, the State promotes its "laws" with judges, courts, juries, and punishment. The Church promotes its "morals" with deities, prophets, confessionals and the promise of spiritual enlightenment.
Again, the goal of the Church is to create an Individual who has internalized a system of ethical conduct such that he can VOLUNTARILY interact with others harmoniously, and the goal of the State is to create a Society that provides an external system of ethical conduct such that all Individuals are FORCED to interact with others harmoniously.
So, the idea that the State "protects liberty" and/or provides for the "common welfare" are really nothing more than sales angles to get people to support the State.
Likewise, the idea that the Church "forgives sins" and/or "provides eternal salvation" are also nothing more than sales angles to get people to support the Church.
THE CHURCH AND THE STATE ARE THUS IN COMPETITION WITH EACH OTHER.
Both have their sales angles. Both have their methodologies and both have their results. But the fact remains -- whether an Individual opts to live in a civilization where ethnics are internalized or externalized -- both the Church and the State are in competition for PAYMENT, for that "lump sum."