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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The most Christian nation on Earth

Twelve score and one year ago today a group of 56 Christians (OK, a couple of them called themselves Deists) moved to create a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, as Lincoln said 87 years later.

At the time, Lincoln presided over a nation was torn in a civil war not over who controlled the government, but over whether God's promise of freedom applied to slaves.



Is there a more Christian reason to go to war? I think not. The North sent its sons and fathers who were willing to die to liberate slaves. I cannot think of any better national expression of brotherly love.

This was the intent. Make no mistake. The last stanza of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" makes that clear:
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!
While God is marching on.
Our national Christianity applies to people of all faiths or lack thereof, as it is the acts of a nation that matter.

I have seen acts by Jews and people of other religions that do Christ proud.

You can love thy neighbor without even knowing of Christ.

I am not trying to push a religion, but rather noting who founded our nation and why. My question is whether we still meet that standard.

Now then before we of this inferior generation become too enlargened of ego, I shall remind one and all that just as no one alive today was a slave, there are no Civil War veterans among us either.

It is their glory. Not yours. Let us not steal the valor of our political ancestors.

Besides, we have in my lifetime witnessed American sacrifices to make men free in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

But our real valor as Americans is our secularism.

Jesus was not an advocate of by sword or submission conversion, but rather as a choice. Even when crucified, he left it up to his fellows on those crosses to decide whether to accept His salvation.

So our Christian founders did respect Christ in that way. Ours is a secular nation for that reason.

The modern civil rights movement is immigration. Our Marxist adversaries call our nation xenophobic and racist, and claim we are not being Christian by building a wall.

They lie.

America accepts more immigrants than anyone: 46,627,102 people at last count.

Foreign-born people now make up 14.3% of our population. And their children automatically become citizens upon birth in our nation. Many other nations go by bloodline.

Of the estimated 243 million people worldwide who were not born in the country they now reside in, 19.8 percent -- one in five -- immigrated to the United States.

That is four times the number of the runner up, Germany.

With 254 million Christians, America has twice as many Christians as any nation. We try to lead a Christian life -- one that does not require Jews, Hindus, or followers of any other religion to give up their beliefs.

I would say, our Founding Fathers would be impressed that the spirit of their revolution lives on nearly a quarter of a millennium later. Despite the best efforts of the devil over the last 241 years, we have not let them down.




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11 comments:

  1. A mighty fine post, Don; mighty and fine.

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  2. CS Lewis pointed out that the Ten Commandments are in most of the earth's religious writings-in one form or another. It is in our collective psyche.
    It is when we put Man ahead of the Creator is when things go south, Lewis put it thus:
    C.S. Lewis
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
    As a Descendant of those Appalachian "Overmaountain Men" that gave the British fits.
    Happy fourth of July to all Surberbians!

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  3. The wisdom of the world looks upon the beauty of Creation, and fails to draw the obvious conclusion.

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  4. T says:

    Don,

    A typo? "With a quarter-million Christians . . . " 250,000? I think you meant a quarter-Billion 250,000,000.

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    1. It may be a typo, but he may be right. If we had a quarter billion, Barry would never have made the Illinois legislature.

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    2. 254 million. I'll fix. Thanks

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  5. Deist - This word had a different meaning at the time of the American Revolution. Read the Founders writings. They believed in God and that He does take an active role.
    http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=7&article=1654&topic=31

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  6. Of all the people we now bring into our country, a small number are ME Christians that SIS is exterminating. These Christians have values that we have and are thus are more easily assimilated, which should be our goal with immigrants.

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  7. Of all the people we now bring into our country, a small number are ME Christians that SIS is exterminating. These Christians have values that we have and are thus are more easily assimilated, which should be our goal with immigrants.

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  8. "At the time, Lincoln presided over a nation was torn in a civil war not over who controlled the government, but over whether God's promise of freedom applied to slaves.

    Is there a more Christian reason to go to war? I think not. The North sent its sons and fathers who were willing to die to liberate slaves."

    Actually, the war was about the Secessionists firing on a Federal installation. Freeing the slaves was the cause of a very few.

    Lincoln badly miscalculated on what the war would cost when the protective tariff, paid mostly by the South and was the primary source of revenue for the Feds, dried up. He first tried an unconstitutional income tax, but that failed, so he had to ask the Abolitionists, many of them Northern industrialists, for money. Their price was freeing the slaves.

    When the emancipation Proclamation was made public, 50,000 Union soldiers deserted and to the end of the war, Union men as high up as William Tecumseh Sherman saw the War as one to preserve the Union.

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    1. The events leading up to the War of Northern Aggression are actually a little more complex, but yes, you are correct. It wasn't about freeing slaves.

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