for the Faith
Is the United States a Christian
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 7:00am
When in the course of
human events ...
We hold these truths
... to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Declaration of independence
In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama told the Christian Broadcasting
Network that the United States was “no
longer just a Christian nation.”
But a new
Gallup poll indicates that not only is the country Christian, it is
According to Gallup, 78 percent of Americans consider themselves
Christian. Breaking down the numbers we find 56 percent of Americans
identify themselves Protestant and 22 percent Catholic.
may be trouble on the horizon. Gallup’s
poll reveals a religious decline across the fruited plain. In
1948, 91 percent of Americans
said they were Christian. Today – just
one prominent conservative Christian leader said that’s not necessarily
pretty encouraged by this poll that
shows a decline in Christianity,” said
Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Dallas. “That sounds strange, but I think
it indicates a much-needed
differentiation between cultural Christianity and true faith.
words, evangelical Christians believe that just because you go to
church, doesn’t mean you’ll pass the pearly gates.
“Christians have always done better as a persecuted minority rather than
a powerful majority,” Jeffress said. “I think
it’s encouraging to say that people are
really defining what real Christianity is and isn’t.”
seem intuitive, at first, to attempt to answer this question by focusing
on government. But the best way to
determine whether or not the United States is a Christian nation is to
compare the philosophy of its people to the Word of God.
Declaration of Independence states that every person has these
unalienable(1) rights: life,
liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. This
philosophy is what we could call the “American Worldview”, and it drives
everything about the nation - from its economic and foreign policy to
the private lives of its people.
the atmosphere in which most of us have grown up. But
can this American
Worldview be called a Christian Worldview? Can we really call the United
States a Christian nation?
What does “LIFE” mean
to a Christian?
Most Americans would say
we have a right to be alive, just
by virtue of having been born.
Americans would say we have the right to do with our lives as we choose, because our lives belong to
us. Christianity agrees
that we have the “right to life” and recognizes that life comes from
the Creator, just as the Declaration says.
Christian (Biblical) view is that the right to live does not exist
by virtue of being born, but by virtue of being created first in the
mind of God.
I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born
I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
says that God
“gives to all people life and breath
and all things.”
Bible is saying here that the
life of man is sustained by God, and as such, it belongs to Him.
But Americans generally believe that we are free to do with our
lives just as we please because we believe our lives belong,
primarily, to us.
For a Christian, God’s law is the absolute truth, and the final
authority. It tells the Christian “Thou shalt not murder” and “Thou
shalt not bear false witness”.
the United States shows, both by
the lives of her citizens and the laws passed in her courts that she
does not recognize the authority of God, nor respect His laws.
does “LIBERTY” mean to a Christian?
Freedom of speech,
freedom of the press,
freedom of religion and the
freedom to bear arms are
some of the rights outlined in
the Bill of Rights. All of these freedoms are good things
valued greatly by Americans.
our nation has,
for the most part, rejected the Bible as the standard of right and
wrong. So, now liberty
has an additional meaning to our citizens: it means that we are
ultimately free to do whatever we want. It means that
we control our own destiny ... or
that we should ... and that nobody can tell another person what is
right or what they should value. This mindset has had
In America now, everything is subjective.
In the face of the monstrous
tragedy of abortion, Americans echo the words of Pontius Pilate:
“What is Truth?” Our
personal choice has become the only thing we truly value.
We are tolerant above all,
but only because to put down
another person’s freedom is to endanger our own liberty.
Practically speaking, since such a wide variety of religions are now
represented among our citizens, how
can we say “America is a Christian nation” without
obliterating the Christian faith? A Christian individual will not
kill or hurt someone of another religion who refuses to convert.
the Bible is clear: we
are not to tell people that all roads lead to Heaven. There is one
Way, and His name is Jesus Christ. The
Bible informs Christians that
freedom and liberty are good and right. But, it also gives us
the context of that freedom: we
have freedom as Christ’s followers, because we trust in His
righteousness, instead of our own.
We were slaves to this
world, and to sin. But in
Romans 6:6 Paul says "knowing
this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our
body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer
be slaves to sin;"
This image of the master and slave is
important for the way Paul describes our relationship to God through
Christ Jesus. It is not an image that should make us think of a
brutal existence and an impersonal servitude. Rather, we should be
grateful to be set free from our former enslavement and now to have
the most gracious and loving Master.
freed slaves of Christ, we still are obligated to God. But
now as his adopted children,
we enjoy a special relationship and the prospects of God's
inheritance. Now that is a
Christian’s definition of freedom.
doesn’t sound much like the
definition of Liberty that is held by the government or the citizens
The PURSUIT of HAPPINESS: what is it to a Christian?
In the Bible, happiness is an emotion that is welcomed, but not to
be sought after.
seek God, and Joy is a result of closeness to Him. But
joy is different from happiness.
Joy is a spiritual contentment and
pleasure that comes from the Holy Spirit. A person must be in
fellowship with the Spirit to experience it, and it transcends
circumstance. The Apostle Paul said that he had “learned
to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians
4:11), and Paul’s circumstances were hardly the sort to
produce happiness: beatings, stoning, shipwreck, hunger, thirst and
But his joy and peace were from God, not from his circumstances.
contrast, Americans tend to believe
we are to pursue, at all cost, happiness in our lives here in this
world. Pursue happiness, the American is told, at the cost of all
that promotion, and a new job title, and a greater salary, and a
move to another state will make you happy, go ahead and uproot your
family from their home, their church, and their schools … as long as
it makes you happy. Pursue your happiness.
makes you happy to leave your wife and children, do it.
makes you happy to devote your life to stardom at the expense of
friends and family members, you should follow your dream.
you are a man but you think being a woman will make you happy, have
a sex change.
video games 10 hours a day? Drink yourself to death? Get married to
your dog? Sure, if it makes you happy!
when the Constitution was
framed, the Judeo-Christian ethic of “love thy neighbor” was
understood as a foundational principle upon which to base our right
to pursue happiness. But it
has changed over the years to mean a right to pursue individual
pleasure, no matter how strange the means,
without being judged by your fellow
man and without regard to how that pursuit affects the other
person’s rights or freedoms, or affects the fabric of society
But consider the following verse from
Mark 8:36: “For what
does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
For the Christian, this thought is central: nothing is gained from
pursuing comfort and happiness here on earth.
Nothing is really gained, for a
Christian, by “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Christian person pursues other
righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on
the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2
Timothy 2:22) "So then we pursue the things which
make for peace and the building up of one another." (Romans
14:19). “But flee from these things, you man of God,
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and
gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11).
Christians are concerned with the spiritual – because they belong to
another country; they are citizens of a spiritual country, the
Kingdom of Heaven.
So, is the United States a
No. Not in its philosophy, or in
what it loves, or in what it does.
Despite its Judeo-Christian roots and heritage, and the beliefs of
some of its founders, the United
States today is a nation that follows other gods, and lives a
lifestyle that is not compatible with Christianity.
Sources: adapted from articles at
and by Todd Starnes, a FOX News Radio reporter here:
here: Trivia about unalienable or inalienable?(1)
beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.
or email me if you have questions.
Amen and God bless you.