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?