Is America a Christian nation?


Some time back a national Radio Talk Show Host and a call-in listener were talking about Christianity in America.   As the conversation continued, the host, who is an avowed agnostic, said, “Why do Christians think they had anything special to do with the founding of this country. . . Anybody who reads history books knows that Christianity was no more involved in America’s founding than any other religion.”
Unfortunately, and inaccurately, that seems to be the prevalent thought of many Americans today.  But the truth of the matter is we are a nation that has been shaped by the Christian ethic found throughout the Bible. We are a Biblical nation from our very roots.  
If being a “Christian nation” means that everyone is a Christian, then we are not a Christian nation.  But if it means that Christianity was the religion of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s Founding Fathers and if its influence is undeniably seen in our nation’s Founding Documents, and that Christian ethics and moral codes were accepted as the rule for our social order, then yes, we are a Christian nation!
Certainly, leaders throughout America’s history were not timid about this fact.  The Legislature of New York declared in 1838: “This is a Christian nation. Ninety-nine hundredths, if not a larger proportion, of our whole population, believe in the general doctrines of the Christian religion.”   It was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in the year 1892 that declared that in the court’s opinion the United States was a “Christian nation.”
Our nation’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, in his famous address, “The Bible and Progress,” stated the following: “America was born a Christian nation.  America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”  The evidence from America’s early history is abundant that the religion of the Bible was at the forefront in the minds of our founding Fathers.
We freely admit that America has fallen on hard times, and that much of this country has turned away from Bible influence and moral principles set in place by God alone.    However, good sense would tell us that if we were once great as a nation then it would behoove us to return to that which made us great in the beginning.  So, what are we to do?  Can we really make any difference?  Of course we can!  First, we must Pray – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV) ¹ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; ²For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
We must then work within the process.   Speak with your vote and with your legislators.  We must Participate.  We must Persevere.    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)

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