Not A Christian Nation

In Politics, Religion on October 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

I am sick and tired of hearing and reading that America is a Christian nation. It isn’t now and never has been. That is not to say that Christianity hasn’t played a part in the founding of this nation. But even back among the Puritans and Pilgrims, we fell short of God’s commandments. And we still do to this day.

The truth is that few Christians live up to the tenets of their faith. They focus on the tangential aspects instead of the main exhortations, which are to love our neighbor as ourselves and our God with all our heart. We try to be God instead of follow Him. We’re much more comfortable judging and second-guessing God as to how he sees His children. We can’t be bothered putting ourselves out there to help those in need. We act as if all one must do to be a Christian is follow the rules. (Of course we get to choose which rules to follow.)

For this to be a Christian nation, we would have to follow Jesus’s admonitions in all that we do. That means giving to the poor, sharing our wealth, keeping the peace, loving our enemies, acknowledging our myriad sins, confession and repentance and making amends. It would also mean doing as much as we can with the gifts we have been given, not piling up our treasures on earth and seeking the common good instead of focusing on ourspecial interests. How many of us truly live up to these principles?

“What Would Jesus Do?” has become a secular catch-phrase, but it is still one that we should take seriously as Christians. If Jesus wouldn’t do it, neither should we. It’s that simple.

  1. Excellently put!!!

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