Nowadays people of all stripes and beliefs seem to have something to say about whether or not America is a Christian nation. So, who is right? Is America, or is she not, a Christian nation?
Actually, a case can be made that both are right and both are wrong. Those who say yes are correct if they mean that she was founded on Christianity. The record is clear on that. But if they are saying that she still is a Christian nation, they are wrong. We are today living in post-Christian America. That should be equally obvious. If this is the case, so what? Does it matter? And what can we do about it, anyway?
Let me say emphatically, yes it does matter. Christianity is the foundation this country was built on and it is a serious matter anytime the foundation of a structure is undermined or compromised. Therefore it is a matter is of fundamental importance to America's past, present and future.
What the Founders understood that we have by and large forgotten today is that the American experiment would succeed or fail based upon the ability of the people to order their lives according to Christian principles. Having said that, this does not mean that they intended that only Christians should be allowed to be citizens. They explicitly stated as much in Article VI of the Constitution which says in part that religious affiliation is not to be a condition of citizenship or public service. So, what did they mean?
The Christian principles upon which the American experiment would depend are universally understood. They are summed up in The Ten Commandments and the Bible says they are written on the consciences of all human beings. Everyone knows without being taught that it is wrong to steal, murder, lie, etc... Therefore, these guidelines for living can be adopted and applied by anyone regardless of race, religion, nationality or any other distinction without violating the religion or conscience of anyone. This is the simple genius of the American way.
And the way to keep them is equally simple as explained by Jesus in what we have come to know as The Golden Rule. Everyone knows what "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you" means. It is the doing that is the hard part.
So, what can we do about all of this? Practice true American patriotism! What's does that mean? If you are an American citizen who is not a Christian, choose to order your life according to the Big Ten and the Golden Rule. No one, Christian or non, can do so perfectly but anyone can make that their goal. And it will make all the difference.
For those of us who are Christians the same thing is true, with one very important caveat. For us, it is not only something we may choose to do, but something we are commanded to do by our Lord, the one to Whom we owe absolute obedience. For us it is our duty. It is not optional.
Few today seem to understand these things. We tend to think the problems are so complex that the solutions must necessarily be equally so. The truth is that both the problem and solution are simple. But that is not to say easy. And that is where the problem lies. Maybe my fishing experience can help see what needs to be done.
I've never enjoyed fishing very much because it seems I spent all my time dealing with tangled lines. When this happens you can unsnarl it, for a while. But, there comes a point where the tangle is so snarled that the only thing to do is cut the line ahead of the tangle and tie on new tackle. Then, and only then, will you be able to continue fishing.
I believe we are at the point in America today where things have become so snarled that there is no untangling them. All our efforts are just making the snarl worse. Those we have entrusted to deal with our problems have tied our fortunes to the failed ideas of men. We must cut the snarl off and reattach our line to the principles that America was originally tied to. This is the only way America can be restored.
The magnitude of the snarl, when contrasted to the fact that each of us is only one person, makes it seem an impossible task. Still, the truth is that one person at at time, resolving to do what is right because it is right, day by day, is the only solution that will work. That is the test of true patriotism. Happy fishing, everyone.
Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
September 26, 2011
PS:I received this in an e-mail from Aaron Baker as I was preparing this post and wanted to pass it along to everyone, just in case you didn't get it, too. We will be in Florida on this date and regrettably won't be able to attend but I urge everyone to go if you possibly can.RC
Historian & Author on Islam to speak in Macon
“Are We Still a Christian Nation?” will be the featured topic at an upcoming dinner event on October 5, 2011.
Dr. William “Bill” Federer, a historian and author of books on Islam. will provide a program at United Trinity Church at 31592 Lily St. east of Macon. The church is located off of East US Highway 36 just north of the Coca-Cola distributorship and Macon Health Care.
Locals may know Dr. Federer as a TV and Radio Commentator of “The American Minute.” His presentation will include the historical and Biblical context of current events as they relate to Islam in America.
Dinner will be served prior to the program at 6:00 P.M.; tickets are $10 and must be ordered by Thursday, September 29. Tickets are available at US Bank, Linda’s Fashions & Wyatt’s Automotive.
The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public at 7:00 P.M.
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