Friday, October 2, 2009

America: Nation of Christians or Christian Nation?

Before I get too much into our country's modern moral quagmires, I want to lay some sort of foundation, a background, if you will, to explain where I'm coming from. I'm fully aware that even within the Christian community, debates rage on, from our founding fathers' beliefs, to whether or not we even have any business getting into politics at all.

Even though I've decided to use the American flag as the recurring theme in my blog, and I will often bewail the sad moral degradation in this, my adopted country, I do not hold to any claims that the U.S. is or should be a nation of Christians or a Christian nation. Nor do I believe that it is destined to be the political embodiment of God's Kingdom.

With respect to the former, whether one serves the One True God is an intimate issue between that person and God. While I believe that nothing but good things can come from a society whose members are born of the Spirit and live according to Christ's two commandments, it is contrary to the teachings of Jesus that anyone (or any government) should shove a belief system down anyone's throat. (More on that, in posts to come!!!)

Regarding the latter (God's Kingdom), if when Jesus returns, He decides to establish an earthly kingdom, it will most likely be an entirely new entity. The U.S. was founded by men; God's Kingdom was founded by God. BIG difference there. :)

So how do I view the U.S.? I see it as a country that was founded on Biblical principles, by men and women who, for the most part, believed in and lived according to those principles, and that without them, we will see the moral decline of the past hundred years continue. But, as I mentioned in that tract, if we Christians stand up for that we know to be right, and lead others to the Savior, this country may yet turn around. I hope and pray that this blog will reach out, past my usual circle of like-minded readers, and serve as a beacon of light, toward that goal.


Tamela's Place said...

if we Christians stand up for that we know to be right, and lead others to the Savior, this country may yet turn around.

Of course we know that it will be all God if that happens. Many have been standing up for years and have not swayed, but it is soo few. The evils of the world outnumber the few. But i realize numbers mean nothing to God. It will be by the power of the Holy spirit if this happens. Maybe once we see the former as well as the latter rains begin to pour then we will see dramatic change.

God bless :)

Great Googly Moogly! said...

"...past my usual circle of like-minded readers"

Uh-oh! I may assume that I'm included in this statement. Do you want that on your conscience? :-)

Anyway, I think I'm of one mind with you here...and you said it very clearly and succinctly! I hope this blog generates many questioners and comments.