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One Nation Under God
In The Church of the Holy Trinity Vs. United States, the justices unanimously
decided that America is a Christian Nation. They wrote, "Our laws and our
institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of
The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise,
and in this sense, and to this extent our civilization and our institutions
are emphatically Christian." And later in the same document, they wrote,
"These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of
unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is
a Christian nation."( http://fredray.homepage.com/page2.html)
In 1892, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
had no problem declaring America a Christian nation. Would anyone do the
same a hundred years later?
Our coins say "In God we Trust," yet the way most people live their
lives it proves they really trust in money, not God. Prayer opens every
session of Congress and the Supreme Court, but those same government officials
prohibit prayer at High School ball games and in public schools. (Frankly,
I'm not as concerned that the government won't allow prayer in the schools
as I am that Christian parents do little to encourage it in the home.)
I would argue that we never were a Christian nation. Yes, we were founded
on religious principles, but they are not necessarily Christian principles.
Thomas Jefferson was a Deist. That's why the documents he wrote refer to
God as "Creator."
What does all this mean? Instead of decrying the erosion of Christianity,
maybe we should do something about it. No, I'm not sounding a call to political
activism. We need to proclaim Christ and allow the Christian message to
compete in the marketplace of ideas. If we proclaim the gospel, people
will respond. And I'd rather see a nation of Christians than a Christian
nation any day.
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