Posted by: Joe Palmer | June 29, 2010

Is America a Christian Nation?


“Is America a Christian Nation?”

A lot has been said and written recently about whether or not our nation is a Christian nation. Some of our leaders claim we are not, others do not lead as if we are. The article below was found on “Sermoncentral.com” and edited slightly.

BUT BEFORE THAT…

Congress, declared 1983 to be the “Year of the Bible” — stating that the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the US as a distinctive and blessed nation….Biblical teaching inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the US (Public Law 97-280, Stat. 1211, approved 10/4/1982).

But before that — Former Chief Justice Earl Warren, 1954, said, the history of our country and the documents/charter exhibit the same objective: “A Christian land governed by Christian principles…”

But before that — Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863, appointed a National Fast Day and declared, “It is the duty of nations as well as men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”.

But before that — George Washington Oct 3, 1789, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore his protection and favor.”

But before that — Mayflower Compact 1620 was a covenant “in the presence of God,” “In the name of God, Amen…by the Grace of God…have undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith.”

But before that — Calvin wrote to the King of France in 1536, “Now, that king who in ruling over his realm does not serve God’s glory exercises not kingly rule but brigandage [oppression]. Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God’s scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that ’where prophecy fails the people are scattered’ (Prov. 29:18) cannot lie.”

But long before that Psalm 33:12 says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

It matters not the platitudes we use declaring ourselves to be Christian.  It matters the truths we live by, the obedience to God we display, and the way we honor God in our hearts.  As Joshua declared, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Josh 24:14-15 (ESV)

if you want to read about both sides of this debate here are two links.

Wallbuilders
Salon

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