The Founding Fathers never regulated or taxed churches, which they considered "Free Churches." Thus they wrote into the US Constitution “congress shall make no law respecting (favoring) or prohibiting (limiting) the free exercise of religion.”
America’s Founding Fathers developed this nation as an expression of how Christ taught us to pray (and advocate for) "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10). American society became an example (though not perfect) of how diverse people can live in harmony, consenting to Biblical principles. Compare how we live in the "United State of America" relative to the “chaotic-states of the world” where governments control religion and thus public behavior.
501c3 a Binding Bowl of Porridge?
In 1954, politicians conspired to stop churches from influencing government by offering them the tax exemption they already enjoyed in exchange for giving up their first amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Churches acquiesced the role of being the conscience of government which needs the guidance of Biblical values.
Religion and Politics
This led to government’s proneness toward corruption. Satan works hard to influence government because with the swish of a pen officials can make laws that put millions of people onto paths that violate God’s plan for our lives.
Jesus paid taxes (Matthew 17:20), and John The Baptist expected government leaders to obey Biblical principles, and he challenged Herod (Matthew 14:3, Mark 6:18 and Luke 3:19). Though John’s death resulted from the pressures he exerted on Herod, Jesus said, "Among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist (Matt 11:11). John wanted Herod to repent and save his soul, and others' lives. How then should we pastor America?
ADDITIONAL READING http://hushmoney.org/501c3-facts.htm
From the Forward of In Caesar's Grip, by Peter Kershaw