Let’s set aside for the moment the disputes over whether this country was founded as a Christian nation, or whether it was even a Christian nation when your mother was in elementary school. The more interesting questions to me today are: Is there a difference between …
- a “Christian nation”
- a “nation where Christians are free to practice our faith” and
- a “nation where Christians lead the political agenda”?
I’m confident we’ve been trying to be Number 3 for several decades. And we lost to the Republican party. Unfortunate choice of allies, that.
Regarding Number 2, I have yet to meet an American Christian who’s been thrown in jail, removed from their family, herded into camps, enslaved, or otherwise experienced what people in most of the world would describe as “religious persecution.” (We do end up in jail when we do illegal things for which we give God credit, but that’s a somewhat different matter.) And happily, I haven’t met many American Hindus or Buddhists who’ve had those kinds of experiences either. A few too many Muslims, but that’s related to a different kind of persecution.
Number 1: a “Christian nation.” I’ve got one big question. If we’re a “Christian nation”, why are so many missionaries from Africa and Asia coming here? Why has the persecuted church around the world been praying for us? Could it be that they understand something about how hard it is to be both Christian and nation — the church and the empire — that we don’t?
Is the United States as a “Christian nation”? Why or why not?
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- Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? (John Knox Press/amazon.com)
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- Seperation Of Church and State (justsayitdontshineit.wordpress.com)
- Beyond Usual Sundays and Wednesdays (sampingol.wordpress.com)
- Lying: A Virtue (aafwaterloo.wordpress.com)
- We Can’t Let Atheists Take Away Our Freedoms! (theperplexedobserver.blogspot.com)
- ‘A dream come true’ as South Sudan launches new nation – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)
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