Is America a Nation of Christians?


I first heard of the Pledge of Allegiance decades ago when our daughter came home reciting the Pledge of Allegiance while she was in kindergarten. I did not grow up here in US.
Years later, every time I attended a business meeting with 50-150 in attendance, grown men and women stood facing the flag, placed their hands on their hearts, and recited the pledge. I always felt a lump on my throat.
Many more years later, I stood with the crowd in saying the pledge, and  meant it from the heart. It will be another post to tell of how this sense of citizenship was cultivated.
But briefly for now, it was the realization of how the founders of this country honor God publicly and the lives of Godly believers that impressed on me that this country is worth the pledge of my allegiance.
hope the following article will inspire you.  My daughter’s father-in-law and mother-in-law happen to attend the church that Dr Youssef pastors in Atlanta.

While we respect the separation of church and state, and people’s free will in religion, we cannot deny that our founders indeed placed God first, for which the nation was richly blessed.    By PNC

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America’s Christian Roots
Dr. Michael Youssef – Guest Columnist – 7/14/2010 10:20:00 AM//

Michael Youssef America is a country founded upon Christianity, and not a set of secularist philosophies.

President Obama declared during his April 2009 visit to Turkey that, “One of the great strengths of the United States is…we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

While I have utter respect for the office of the presidency of the United States and I pray for our President daily, I cannot abide by his statement. His words were not only an affront to our nation’s history, but the statement is a contradiction of terms. He claims Americans are bound together by shared ideals, but history shows us that our country’s foundational laws and charters were rooted in the Bible. Every one of our country’s values blossomed out of biblical roots.

Contrary to what many secularists today try to tell us, the Founding Fathers were not skeptics or unbelievers. They were not Muslims or Buddhists. They were men and women whose faith was built on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Their Christian devotion manifested itself in the documents they wrote, in the laws they formed, and in their very patriotism for their new God-given land.

Here are some truths regarding the true Christian nature of our country. Beginning with the colonial charters, we see a great passion for not only promoting God’s truths, but for spreading the Gospel.

The Mayflower Compact specifies that the colonies were established “for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith.”

The Delaware Charter defines one of the purposes for its settlements as the “further propagation of the Holy Gospel.”

The Charter of Rhode Island commits to “the true Christian faith and worship of God.”

The Charter of Maryland explained a “pious Zeal for extending the Christian Religion.”

In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers acknowledged God as our country’s Divine Protector.

In an 1844 U.S. Supreme Court case, the Court said, “Why may not the Bible and especially the New Testament be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [school]?…Where else can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”

Without the Bible, we would have no values and ideals. We would have anarchy in this land. Yet that is exactly what secularists are trying to do by ripping out the cross from public life, from hiding prayers at public and even private events, and by silencing Christians from freely speaking biblical truths. These so-called forward thinkers are dismantling over 200 years’ worth of Bible-based freedoms and exchanging them for liberal dependence on a secularized government.

Before God fully removes His protection and blessings from this nation, we must repent of our apathy regarding the state of this union. We must no longer be content with what politicians tell us is the fate of our country, but rather we must unite in prayer to bring back the biblically based ideals which founded this nation.

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See entire article at (if link does not work, try cut and paste)

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1088268

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I am not a political activist, but I am paying attention to what's happening in our beloved country, especially for the sake of my grandchildren. I hope you are too.
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One Response to Is America a Nation of Christians?

  1. Anna says:

    I think Christians understandably have a lot of ideals about the good old days, when the word “God” was freely used in charters and public documents. I can’t help but think about the nation of Israel and how God gave them the promised land and asked them to follow His commandments. Instead, they adopted the pagan practices, and idolatry was rampant. God judged that nation but promised the believing remnant’s eventual deliverance. His only requirement for that remnant was to return to Him with a new heart. God was tired of the external forms of godliness without true substance of a contrite heart. The thing that God hated the most was pride, which by definition is a reliance on anything or anyone but God. So as much as the intentions of the majority of the Christian community is good, God does not want us to be distracted from the gospel to focus on making this nation look Christian. Unregenerate people have no reason to put prayers in the schools or invoke the name of God unless the message of the gospel is preached and received. Our task is to share the good news leading to regenerate hearts. I’m convicted of my lack of efforts in this area everyday. Unless we all repent of the loss of our zeal for the lost, we are just chasing moon beams, wishing our country would become that Christian nation. As for our president, I give him the benefit of the doubt that his statement was misunderstood as anti-Christian. What I believe he means is that our nation is composed of many religions (can anyone look around and deny that?) and we don’t have a state religion. To me, a state religion would not work in this pluralistic society.

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