America – God blessed? Christian??

This great article by John MacArthur (whom I admire in spite of our theological differences) reviews a book that appears to reveal the way Americans have co-opted Jesus Christ politically and in many other temporal ways over the centuries. Personally, I think politics is just another distraction from the devil. Vote your conscience, not for who you think has a shot. Just who or what do you have faith in? God or your itsy bitsy vote??

America is not, and has never been, a “Christian” nation. It may have been, and still is (barely) a bastion of freedom so that Christians could worship freely and not suffer martyrdom and persecution from other religious folk but, it was not founded by Christian men. Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Paine, Ethan Allen and many others were Diests – which are a long ways from what we consider Christians. John Adams was a Unitarian (no Jesus there).

Come return to your place in the pews,
And hear our heretical views:
You were not born in sin
So lift up your chin,
You have only your dogmas to lose.

~Leonard Mason, Unitarian Minister

Franklin was the epitome of a situational ethicist. A very intelligent man, he said, “That wise Men have in all Ages thought Government necessary for the Good of Mankind; and, that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick Honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater Respect among the common People.” It was politically expedient that the new government garner support from the majority of immigrants who had fled Europe to obtain religious freedom. Franklin was shrewd, but did not believe in Jesus Christ as the savior of mankind.

America has been blessed in the past. Yet our prosperity and resulting elitism has harmed the gospel message much more than it has helped recently. The so-called “Christian Right” leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. Patriotism is not about God! It’s allegiance to a nation; a kingdom of this world! Should we thank God we’re Americans? Yes, but we should be most thankful for our freedom to worship and live for Him up to this point. But, how many of us really take advantage of the freedoms we have for Jesus’ sake?

So, to make this short…. vote like you mean it or don’t vote at all. And by that, I mean vote like your soul depends on your choice. God’s will shall be done, with or without your vote. The scripture makes very clear that God, not we foolish humans, ordains who our leaders will be. You know the early Christians would neverhave voted Nero, Decius or Diocletian into office. Yet God ordained that the church should suffer persecution unto death because that was how the church was destined to grow – through persecution. Is that time coming again? Doubtless. God must shake out the chaff so that the world can see what the real church looks like. Maybe that’s what we should be praying for.

God have mercy on America and judge her. And that is NOT an oxymoron.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Great points! These are Scriptural. Christ rules the kings and governments.

    I don’t know if I agree with your understanding of the founding fathers, and not that I’m arguing that the founding fathers were all Bible-believing Christians, but most were and the others seems to quote the Bible unknowing. I recommend Dave Miller’s articles on the subject since he used primary sources (“America, Christianity, and the Culture War” Parts 1-3: apologeticspress.org). Thanks for the read.

  2. Scott,

    Essentially, God doesn’t pick our leaders, but He did put into place the rule of government, justice and mercy to be implemented the best that fallen man can aspire to. God did not ordain Hitler or Stalin or Idi Amin, but man-made governments are ordained for our own good even when fallen man abuses their powers.

    Our choice of leaders will never fix the world’s problems. We are foolish and blind if we think that man, in any of his ordained positions, can eliminate poverty, greed, murder, robbery, or any number of inequities, much less affect the weather!! Things get better, then get worse, in a rather cyclic and self-defeating way because: everything in this world is broken! Including us.

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