America regarded as a Christian nation?

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By Pastor Chuck McCullough

“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.
More to the point, however, is what the Bible says. No earthly nation is “Christian.” Why? Because “being Christian” refers to an individual’s relationship with Jesus (Jn. 6:47-58; 10:3-11; 15:4-15; 17:6-10).
This relationship begins and ends with personal faith, not the Constitution or founding intent or any Earthly institution.
Furthermore, the Scripture is clear that there are two nations of which Christians are citizens (Ep. 2:19; Ph. 3:20; I Ti. 2:1-5; I Pe. 2:13-17). One is Earthly — it is passing away (I Jn. 2:17). The other is heavenly — it is eternal.
The Christian’s ultimate allegiance and loyalty are to the God of the heavenly kingdom. This kingdom is not established by any work of man nor is it circumscribed by geographical boundaries.
We dare not insist that our nation or any nation be identified with the eternal Kingdom of God (Jn. 19:36). Little good has ever come of wedding church and state. Secular power is not consistent with Jesus’ life and teaching (Mt. 19:27-30; Jn. 6:15). Christian love is not something an earthly government can express (Ro. 13:1-7).
Do we love our country? Yes. We give thanks for and pray for it. We gladly participate in it. Do we equate it with the Kingdom of God? No.