Jan 15 2012
A Christian Nation
At a press conference in Turkey back in 2009 President Barak Obama denied America’s Christian heritage by saying in the face of the Turkish president that “We do not consider ourselves a christian nation” Is that so? Then why did the founding fathers make so many references to the Bible in their writings as if they checked their principles of government against the true authority of the Bible? True, America is not a sectarian country ruled by a church hierarchy as the old medieval Europe. But the old Europe was not truly Christian in that they hated the Bible and did not have a concept of personal soul salvation by being born again. Can you imagine that most Europeans today do not really know what it means to be “born again” or hot to be born again by accepting Jesus as Lord? That is the true European crisis: their Biblical illiteracy!
Then Obama goes on to say that America is a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. True! But what shaped those ideals and values? The Bible and the quest for liberty of those who wanted to live out the Biblical truths in freedom. So Obama fails to recognize that the ideals Americans believe in have been shaped by the Bible itself. The ideal of the “quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty” 1. Timothy 2:1,2. Picture an old American country home in a rural community and you have a perfect picture of Psalm 128 in action. The Biblical concept of the New Testament church is that of an autonomous local congregation and not a European-style ecclesiastical hierarchy. That is the mistake of the Roman emperor Constantine who married the church to the world instead of the pure marriage of the church to Christ. The set of values American citizens possess is not influenced or defined by secularism, humanism or socialism. Let us be careful against all attempts of those who want to redefine the set of values and ideals Americans believe in.
It was not very smart that Obama made this remark about America not being a Christian nation at a press conference in Turkey. Why does an American president cowtow to a leader of a largely Muslim nation that does not have true religious freedom, persecutes Christians by not allowing them to build churches, funds the Islamisation of Europe and denies the genocide in Armenia. That incident alone is enough to demand a conservative, Christian president to take over in 2012. Friends don’t let friends vote for Obama. Just watch this Tea Party event in Lebanon, Tennessee to get the idea of where we need to go in 2012:
Is America a Christian nation? Read the words of Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer back in 1892 in the case of CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY V. UNITED STATES, 143 U. S. 457:
If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find every where a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters, note the following: the form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, “In the name of God, amen;” the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing every where under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.
I firmly believe that this is the vision for America even in 2012 and beyond. This is the principle by which we go to the polls in November! Interestingly, Justice Brewer was born in Smyrna, Asia Minor (Ottoman Empire), which now is Turkey! He was the son of Christian missionaries who ran a school in what is today called Izmir. Can you believe that? By the way, Brewer was also involved in the American Bible Society. When Obama was in Turkey making these remarks, he should have known that Justice Brewer who spoke of the Christian nation was born right there. I believe there needs to be an American president going to Turkey that feels deeply connected to the heritage of justice Brewer! Because Turkey needs Jesus just as all other people need Christ in their life. God loves them all and wants to save souls so that lives won’t be wasted but find victory in Jesus.
Obviously, there was a time when Americans understood that the manifest destiny of their nation was the worldwide propagation of the Christian faith. This is the only kind of “nation building” America should be involved in. This also goes for Iran and Afghanistan. Endless wars paid for with money borrowed from the Chinese will not create free democracies in those areas, but every single country east of Israel all the way to the pacific ocean needs to be won to Christ. Does your local church support missions in those hardened Muslim nations that are so deprived of Christ’s gospel?
Maybe if you have just read Justice Brewer’s vision of Christian America you need to get in your face before God and ask Him what He wants you to do to get ahold of this vision and carry it out? Today it is sad to see old country churches in America rotting and falling apart in rural areas. But America did not become great with televangelists, mega-churches and modern “worship centers” that are more like worldly entertainment than serious Bible study and old-time worship. If America is going to see revival again I believe it will take place where the nation started: in the old country church that runs on nothing but the King James Bible and the old hymn book.
Let us also pray for the people of Iran to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Let them grow tired of this false religion of Islam that does not really bring rest to the soul and gives no assurance of salvation. Only Jesus can take away the sin and bring peace.
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