Please Don’t Call America a Christian Nation

I am a Christian and I wish everyone was, but there is way too much non-Christian behavior going on in America to call it a Christian nation. From our government to our businesses, schools, entertainment, consumerism, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce rate, racism, classism, violence, and me-first individualism, this country’s behavior is the opposite of what Jesus taught.

Would a Christian nation vote for policies that increase the numbers of homeless and unemployed and mentally ill people? Would it put stocks and profits above human life and dignity? Would it fail to protect children from abuse and predators? Would it allow the poor to be evicted from their homes with nowhere to go, permit inferior schools in poor neighborhoods, and sexualize children? Would a Christian nation put earning money above obeying and trusting in God? We should not be surprised when unbelievers do these things, but Christians should be doing everything they can to do the right thing.

Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, who was the incarnation of God and came to save us from sin and hell. Jesus taught that we should love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. He also taught his followers some very counter-cultural ideas, such as loving your enemy and doing good to them and helping the poor and not oppressing the workers.

Jesus told the crowds that it was not their job to judge others or to seek revenge. He said that the right thing is to forgive those who wrong you and pray for them. He said that all people are equal in God’s eyes. He said to be filled with the Holy Spirit, not alcohol. Jesus taught that we should store up treasures in heaven and not worry about what we will eat or wear because our Father in heaven knows we need those things.

Jesus was talking about trusting God, a real God who created everything, not just a name on our money. Not trusting God is sin. Idolatry is loving and lusting after the things of this world, rather than loving God.

Jesus brought a message of hope for those who will put their faith in God, not money. These ideas went against the culture then and now.

Yes, there are a lot of Christians in America, but we are not living by Jesus’ example. We need to change that by how we live our individual lives in our communities, not by displaying hypocritical “Ten Commandments” and “In God We Trust” plaques, reciting hollow prayers, or fighting legal battles over Christmas plays. We need to let America see how Jesus has changed us by living changed lives.

So if we want America to become a Christian nation, let’s start by acting like Christ. Love God and love people.

The following video blames hypocrisy on liberals, but I would be willing to bet that a good number of people he mentions in this video call themselves Christians. The problem of hypocrisy is not limited to one party. I think we can see in the video that the real problem is a spiritual one.

The next video is just one example of a low-income mobile home park being bought by investors who then fix it up and raise the rent so high that some of the people will become homeless in a state that is claiming to be trying to find housing for homeless people. Why not just let the poor stay in the homes they already have?

23 comments

  1. Yes, it is true that Jesus said not to judge, but with the caveat that the measure we use for judging would be used on us; i.e., it is all right to make judgements as long as you realize you will be held to the standard you establish. After saying “Judge not…” in Matthew 7:1, He goes on to say in verse 6, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”
    So we must use “judgement” to identify which are dogs or pigs, but not to condemn. As you hint at, THAT is excusively God’s decision.
    Yes, certainly, our responsibility is to show love to our neighbor (see The Good Samaritan in Luke 10), but this is not a political activity or protest. It is the personal ‘agape’ love that calls on us to be involved with the people around us, even the difficult ones, and show them that they are loved, even if we disagree with what they do.
    Markedly, my blog today is about martyrdom, being willing to die for the sake of my faith in Jesus. A friend noted to me that many claim to be willing to die for Him, but how many of us are willing to LIVE for Him; allow the Holy Ghost to imbue us with His fruit of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”?
    ❤️& 🙏, c.a.

    • Your friend is wise. And I was thinking how addiction is at the root of so much homelessness and misery . They need Jesus, but they have to want Him.

  2. It has always fascinated me how different Christian communities have different beliefs on this. Coming from a Catholic background, Christianity is not only an identity, but an activity. The Catholic Church has a strong emphasis not only on faith (considering yourself a Christian) but on good works (putting the teachings of Christ into actual practice). It is absolutely central to the church that members volunteer with various ministries, participate in almsgiving, and back their belief up with their time and treasure. The government is a fleeting thing that has always been a poor substitute for Christian charity.

    But for the “salvation by faith alone” crowd, religion becomes entirely about having the proper emotions. Christianity doesn’t have any personal obligations attached except acknowledging the metaphysical reality of God. Beyond that, it’s about showing up and rocking out to the band. Obsessing over the Christian identity of the country is about collecting members for the club. There’s no mystery to how this sort of behavior can easily be replaced by thought leaders on the internet – just give the kids some new personality to emote over. This is also why almost every schism in the church has been over sexual morality. Once you stop caring about good works, the church becomes about whatever pleases you.

    There are real consequences to talking about God like He’s your BFF not your Lord. Your BFF is your peer, incapable of making real demands on your behavior. Your Lord is here to change you, not please you. Folks get frustrated when they see swaths of society that are completely unwilling to put their money where their mouth is, but that behavior is part of the theological architecture of their religion. It’s like they think baptism is some kind of magic and throw out the rest of the New Testament where we are commanded to live and think a certain way. They were screwing around when the teacher was explaining the assignment.

    • Good points. I do believe in salvation by faith alone, but I also believe that faith without works is dead. So if you have faith, you will have at least some proof of it by good works. This is one reason I joined the Methodist church who are very busy helping in the community and not just within their own church family. Being tolerant of behavior contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the entire Bible is not good works. The main problem is the lack of proper teaching of the whole Bible and much of the “American church” having zero expectations of it’s members to live out their faith. A terrible lack of discipleship.

      • See, I don’t understand why folks quote James 2 to back up salvation by faith alone. The message of the chapter is that salvation is gained *by keeping the whole law.* “14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

        What do folks think “faith without works is dead” even means? It means if you are not willing to act like a Christian, you don’t actually believe as a matter of fact. That kind of faith, according to Scripture, is “useless.” There’s not some hierarchy of faith, like faith without works is okay but faith with works is better. You either accept the whole law or you don’t. You either make an effort to live according to the whole law or you don’t. What do people think Hell is for? It’s to punish sin. And what is sin? It is the activity living separately from God’s law.

      • No one disputes that Christ died for the forgiveness of sins. The question is whether a person can be genuinely faithful and simultaneously continue to live in contradiction of God’s law willfully. Not to be forgiven for Original Sin, but to sin because they assume they are forgiven. To live comfortable with regret, even romanticize it as evidence of their humanity. If you want a fun thing to read about, research Pascal’s Wager.

      • I say this, because I think Pascal’s Wager is the current state of religion in America generally (the subject of your post).

      • So you’re saying it’s mostly false conversions? It’s easy to believe in God when you’re not dependent on Him or actually “losing your life” to gain it. Paul tried to tell us to “count it all joy” when we suffer, but many preachers have taught that something is wrong if you aren’t living your best life now.

  3. Zoning laws are common across the country. When I lived in Texas in the 80’s they did not have them. Probably still don’t. I first ran into zoning laws when I lived in Northern Virginia. The urban sprawl in that area is remarkable. Commutes are long because of the large areas that are zoned for 5 and t0 acre lots.

    What is the real driver for zoning in favor of single-family homes. Single-family home pay more in taxes than they cost in services. If you are on the Board of County Supervisors, that is a hard fact to ignore.

    Counties also compete with each other. Business development is a high priority. So is keeping the rate of housing development down. So, there is not a whole lot of incentive to have low-income housing.

    Note also the people featured in your films. The problem of affordable housing is being exacerbated by single moms and illegal immigrants.

    Our schools undermine the values of our children, encouraging sex outside marriage.

    Illegal immigration hurts our low-income citizen in two ways: increased competition both for jobs and housing.

    • That’s all true. But those single moms and illegals are people in need of shelter . What’s the right thing to do from a Christian perspective? Should profit be the only consideration?

      • Put yourself in the shoes of a businessman educated at one of America’s elite secular universities, You have been taught that success is measured by how much money you make.

        Put yourself in the shoes of a stockholder. A company is not worthy of your investment unless it is making money.

        Put yourself in the shoes of a homeowner. If the county they live in changes its zoning laws, their housing values will go down, and their taxes will go up,

        Your question doesn’t make sense to company CEOs, stockholders, or homeowners. There isn’t much they can do. If it becomes a charity, the CEO’s company won’t survive, and raising the rentals does provide better housing for the people who can afford it. Stockholders don’t “invest” in charities to make money. They may give money to a charity, but they don’t invest in a charity. Only lying politicians do that. A homeowner isn’t going to vote to destroy his neighborhood, not if he or she knows any better. Have you seen what happens to a suburban neighborhood when a bunch of illegal aliens and poor people move in? The neighborhood quickly goes downhill, destroyed by a hairbrained political decision.

        In fact, we have plenty of examples of guilt-ridden Democrats trying implement their hairbrained social policies and making a mess of it. Look at that open border and all the drugs and human trafficking.

        Guilt is not a solution. We have to address the underlying problems at the appropriate level of government. Zoning laws and the battle for school choice are statewide, not local issues. Illegal immigration is a national problem.

      • My point was to look at it from how individuals who profess to be Christians should live in this world according to the teachings of Jesus. If the businessman, stockholder and homeowners are Christians, they are accountable to God. So the question is what is the RIGHT thing to do. If half or so of Americans claim to believe in God, as they do, then they should be able to agree on how to help the single moms, illegals, drug addicts, etc without enabling them or encouraging dependency. But there is always an underlying concern about money that gets in the way. I’m not saying it’s easy to help those people.

      • Money equates to survival. It is all very well to criticize people for not giving money away, but it makes more sense to fix broken policies.

        We have an elite class that is running our country into the ground. Their policies are immoral, but they peddle them as virtuous because they are giving money away, other people’s money. Christians don’t give away other people’s money. The Bible defines charity as a personal act, not government charity.

      • Are you a Christian, Tom? If you are then you know that God is our ultimate provider. My post is about 1) individual Christians doing good to others like Jesus taught, and 2)Christian business and political leaders using their power and authority to help others, not just make themselves more rich and powerful.

      • Work should be one of the ways we worship. We should serve our customers as best we can within the constraints we cannot change.

        Think again about that trailer park that company acquired so they could supposedly raise the rent. Consider the alternatives:
        1. The city had acquired the property because of crime and safety issues. If the new owner did not raise the rents and encouraged the existing tenants to stay, the crime and safety issues would probably return, the new owner would have trouble funding maintenance, profits would suffer, and the city would seize the property again.
        2. The new owner could raise rents. Wealthier tenants would be less tolerant of crime and safety issues. Maintenance could be funded. Profits would be realized. The new tenants would have affordable housing.

        Option 2 works for some people. Options 1 doesn’t work because the existing tenants actually need charity.

        To a large extent the cost of rentals is excessive because of the government. That is a problem for government to solve, not the new owner of the trailer park.

        Christian charity is always required, but so are businessmen trying to make an honest profit. If some people cannot afford what a business is selling at the price set by the market, it does not serve any useful purpose for that business to cut its price. Because they don’t allow business to respond to the needs of those who afford to pay, price controls don’t work. But price controls are what you seem to want. See https://citizentom.com/2022/09/12/why-is-inflation-a-tax-part-4/.

        That said, do I like what the new owner of that trailer park appears to be doing? Not particularly, but they are not making their profits off of widows and orphans. They are just making an obvious fact more obvious. The cost of housing is extremely high because of land use laws.

      • Tom: If you don’t mind my jumping in here—I basically agree with your premises that we also have a Christian duty to defend our Property Rights and the Right to Free Trade. The problem though is that we now have amoral government defending amoral financial interests and they’re neither helping the poor nor protecting property or Free Enterprise. When you don’t have a government protecting property and trade, you get financial and economic combines which become de facto governments—actually even worse because they aren’t subject to elections or Constitutional restraints.

        I know of American neighborhoods that were once good places to live; the City governments, backed by fake activists hired by special interests, flooded these places with poor and undesirables—the very thing you described happened: property values plummeted, crime went up. Then lo and behold, land-sharks like Honeywell and Berkshire-Hathaway swooped in, bought the neighborhoods up at bargain prices, hired private security and built new developments. That’s hardly a Christian thing to do either. The same thing happened during the Scamdemic when they (intentionally) drove down small farmers so that the Gates Foundation and other predators could grab the land cheap and sell us produce at now something like 12% inflation while they get government subsidies.

        The point I’m making is that both the lawmakers and the money-makers need to be held to some kind of standard like “What is the right thing to do” as opposed to what the most politically expedient or the most cost-effective thing to do is.

      • Thanks for saying it better than I did, Night Wind. I believe we can still have free markets while not being controlled by a “screw you, I got mine” mentality.

  4. I remember a great example of what you’re speaking of happened IIRC in 2016; it was sometime late in Obama’s term. There was a massive hurricane that hit part of North Korea. It was about this time of year and thousands were homeless with no resources and North Korean winters are notoriously terrible. President Kim sent the Army to the area with instructions to set up kitchens and provide blankets and medical care and to work around the clock constructing new housing units. Russia donated several months’ worth of natural gas and sent engineers to install heating units in the new buildings and China sent lumber and construction materials. It was finished before winter really hit.

    But what did ‘Christian’ America do? We had editorials saying that now was the time to strike for ‘regime change.’ Obama responded with sanctions, and even sent nuclear-armed bombers to the North Korean border—which put the DPRK Army on High Alert and stretched their resources considerably. It ended up backfiring anyway, because Kim’s popularity soared for meeting the crisis and backing down the US at the same time. But it was a real disgrace that we had Communists behaving more like Christians than our people were doing.

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