“Can America be a ‘Christian nation?’ What does the Bible say about that?”—Ray
The nation may, in its corporate actions, demonstrate evidence of some sort of Christian ethos; e.g., care for the poor, oppressed, sick and dispossessed, and a generous response to conquered enemies. Furthermore, there are many good people in the United States who live by the golden rule.
It is also possible that some of the founders, Christian in orientation or even in genuine faith, hoped to imbue the new nation with values that were consistent with their faith.
But strictly speaking, America cannot be a Christian nation. For Christians, Jesus is at the core of their faith.
The founders, as it happens, rarely spoke of Jesus. They used terms like “Almighty God” or “nature’s God” but were reticent to refer to Jesus.
When redactors of history claim that the founders intended America to be a “Christian nation,” they fail to explain why Jesus is not in the founding documents.
The founders, in fact, were very clear on the idea that the nation would be secular, establishing no single religion as the state religion.