A Christian Nation?

Posted: July 7, 2009 in A Christian Nation?, Category - Cultural War

All across our nation, right down to here in Northeast Ohio, there’s been a battle raging about whether or not America is or ever was a Christian nation. When you think about it, it’s kind of a silly argument.

In the first place, the word “Christian” was never designed to modify a nation or any thing. The word “Christian” can only legitimately be used about people. A person is either Christian or a person is not Christian.

In addition to that, how would we ever have decided upon which criteria we would say America is or isn’t Christian? If 51 percent of the people were Christian, that made it a Christian nation? Did we take a vote? How is this ever to be determined? And certainly there’s no historical record that ever such a vote was taken.

It seems that the question is really quite trumped up. Perhaps the real question is what role has Biblical Christianity played in our nation? Here, the Supreme Court of the United States gives us a clear record:

In 1844, the Court said, “Christianity is part of our common law.”

In 1892, the Supreme Court said this: “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national because this is a religious people. This is historically true.”

In 1930, the U.S. Supreme Court said this: “We are a Christian people, according to our motto.”

In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court said, “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.

The question isn’t a Christian nation. The question is – what world view has given birth to and sustained America?

By American Policy Roundtable (www.aproundtable.org)

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