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PostSubject: Is America Still A Christian Nation?   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:23 am

Is America Still A Christian Nation?
By Kathryn Page Camp


Is America a Christian nation? It was certainly founded by people who believed in God. Thomas Jefferson believed that God gave us life gave us liberty (Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781), and James Madison recognized ďthe guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nationsĒ (First Inaugural Address, 1809).

Even the United States Supreme Court has answered the question in the affirmative. In 1892, Justice David J. Brewer stated that ďthis is a Christian nationĒ (Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States). Sixty years later, Justice William O. Douglas repeated that theme: ďWe are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme BeingĒ (Zorach v. Clauson, 1952). Christians and atheists alike can argue whether the Supreme Courtís rulings support those statements, but it has never retracted them.

Does our religious heritage continue today? President George W. Bush appears to believe so. He recently declared, ďFrom its earliest days, the United States has been a Nation of faithĒ (Presidential Proclamation, July 27, 2006).

Even our money proclaims, ďIn God We Trust.Ē

But is that enough? ďDo as I say, not as I doĒ doesnít work when we are trying to instill values in our children, and it doesnít work when we are tying to convince others Ė either individually or as a country Ė to serve our God, either. Jesus didnít just tell us how much He cared. He showed us by giving Himself up to a painful death on the cross.

In a democracy, government acts through the will of the people. So we are the government, and we are America. We are the only ones who can make this a Christian nation. And the proof is not in our words; itís in our actions. A Christian nation is one that follows Christ. Since we are America, it is not a Christian nation unless we follow Christ. That includes living as He would have us live.

Saint Paul says, ďTherefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:12-14, NIV).Ē

As Christians, our job is to witness to others through our lives as well as our words. Unfortunately, we too often send the wrong message. The world does not see us as a Christian nation when we burn down abortion clinics, shout ďfaggotĒ at marchers in gay pride parades or picket outside graveyards while people are grieving inside. True, most American Christians donít engage in these activities, but we all do things that dishonor Christ and keep the world from seeing us as a Christian nation.

The world doesnít see America as a Christian nation when we sign our children up for Sunday morning sports leagues instead of sending them to church and Sunday School. The world doesnít see us as a Christian nation when we pay more attention to having the biggest house on the block than to helping the homeless. The world doesnít see us as a Christian nation when we look right through our neighbors because their skin is a different color than ours. The world doesnít see us as a Christian nation when we turn our backs on those who need our help or understanding.
If we encourage our children to bow their heads and pray silently before eating lunch in the school cafeteria, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we donít set the example for our children to follow, thatís evidence that we are not. If we pray for our nation on our own initiative, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we wait for a presidential proclamation to prompt us, thatís evidence that we are not.

If we work through the political system to legislate against immorality, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we refuse to give the political process a chance, thatís evidence that we are not.

If we vote our consciences at the polls, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we stay home because itís too much bother, thatís evidence that we are not.

If we defend our faith when others question it, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we stay silent, thatís evidence that we are not. If we respond to those who are hurting with compassion and understanding, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we deny their pain, thatís evidence that we are not.

If we watch what we say about others, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we gossip or use profanity, thatís evidence that we are not. If we love other sinners and preach Godís forgiveness, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we fail to forgive others, thatís evidence that we are not.

If we are there for our neighbors when they need our help, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we ignore their needs, thatís evidence that we are not. If we respect those who donít agree with us, thatís evidence that we are a Christian nation. If we ridicule them, thatís evidence that we are not.

America is not a Christian nation just because we say it is. Each of us plays a part in speaking up for our beliefs and showing the world that we follow Christ. We can say with Justice Brewer that America is a Christian nation, but words do not make it so. We can blame the courts for taking God out of America, but the courts cannot overrule God. Or we can recognize that we are America, and we are the only ones who can make it a Christian nation.

God is still in control. But He chooses to work through us, and if we do not show the world what it means to be a Christian, no one will. We are America. Letís show the world that America is a Christian nation.
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