To The Daily: Since the U.S. Supreme Court declared in the case of Holy Trinity vs. United States (1892) "that this is a Christian Nation," that decision has stirred continuous debates between proponents and opponents.
What is a Christian nation? The name "Christian" was attached to apostles-believers who made Christ the main theme of their preaching, teaching, healing, praying and conversation.
A Christian nation manifests Christ-likeness and acts in his stead by shaping and molding its majority through forms of Christianity.
The U.S. does not match these descriptions.
Nevertheless, our nation shows generosity in natural disasters and human crisis.
To be a Christian nation, however, we fail the following tests:
Christ said to the church, not nation, "Upon this rock," and "Go preach the gospel," as his supreme regard and the depository of sacred truths to be communicated to all people.
Christ spoke of the nation, not church, "My kingdom is not of this world," and if it were, "my servants would fight."
This statement is more fulfilled in our dysfunctional Congress where Christian Republicans and Christian Democrats fight maliciously.
The church, not nation, expresses faith and hope rather than doubt and fear. The church, not nation, mandates love for one another.
The church, not nation, upholds the Ten Commandments.
The church, not nation, exhibits courtesy, kindness and respect.
The church, not nation, heeds the instruction, "Put your sword (gun) away."
Believers and nonbelievers are equipped with firearms.
The church, not nation, believes the unbelievable, bears the unbearable, and forgives the unforgivable.
A Christian nation may have warm feelings in professing the royal name, but few actually possess the pure life.
Isaiah J. Ashe
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