I was involved in a discussion elsewhere about whether or not America (or for that matter, any other nation) was a Christian nation and was founded as a Christian nation. I joined in with the following argument.
If you are going to be adamant that America was founded as a Christian nation, you have to first acknowledge and make the claim that America was founded as a Church. For the only Christian nation is that of the Kingdom of Heaven, which comprises of every believer, regardless of race, gender, social distinction and age.
Now the mandate of the church is to go out and draw into the kingdom of heaven those who don’t believe so that they too may join in and celebrate the good news of the Gospel. This joining in was and is still supposed to be marked by “LOVE!” It doesn’t take long to look through the history of the U.S.A and for that matter any other nation, to find out that Love wasn’t its core priority nor was it its founding principal.
The first early
Christian brethren made a peace treaty with the native Indians which was to be celebrated with a covenant peace meal. Only thing is they laced the food with arsenic and poisoned the whole tribe. The question to truly ask within the framework as to whether or not the U.S.A was truly settled on Christian principals and was truly founded as a Christian nation is what principals are you talking about.
Are love, forgiveness, justice and mercy among them? Is acceptance and tolerance of others among them? Was there a foundation of social justice inherent in looking after and accepting the poor, widow, orphaned, sick / lame, the shut in, the refugee. What about the foundation against that of usury and high debt interest. What were the driving principals of the nation in its separation of nationalities – Whites and the Blacks…and those in between like the Spanish and the Indigenous peoples. Does the nation as one of its core values have turning the other cheek when someone slaps you? Was the foundation of America (or any other nation) really settled in the name of and through the ways of Christ? Can we truly say that the fruit of the Spirit of God was made manifest through its history and foundation to all people?
I hate to say this folks, but there is no church of America. There is no church of Australia. There is no Church of…Europe and no church of elsewhere…But there is the church of Christ, that permeates through out history, through and accepting of all nations, all genders, all social class distinctions and all ages that both lives out and breathes out the ways of Christ in all it says and does.