IS AMERICA A CHRISTIAN NATION?*
Is America a Christian Nation? NO! Is America a Blessed Nation? Certainly, YES! According to Jesus, the only way to God the Father- is though Him. (John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” In order for America to be a ‘Christian’ Nation- the very statement implies that every person must be a Christian. We know however through scripture, this is not possible. For it to be possible- every American would have had to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
So is America a Christian Nation? in my opinion, no. There are many souls left to be saved and much work left to do in this Nation! We are a Nation of Christians- having 75% claim to be so, but unless our government takes the mandate that we all “profess” Christ- we are not a Christian Nation, but a Nation of Christians!
In the continuation of this study, I being a naturally positive person- must argue that even though we are not a ‘Christian’ Nation, we are a ‘Blessed’ Nation. How can I make this statement, with all certainty?January 20, 2009 was a day of ground breaking history, Barak Obama became President- and our nation became witness to many ‘firsts’. This Nation became ‘Blessed’ once again, during the President’s Inauguration Day Prayer- by Rick Warren.
“Let us pray. Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made. Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven. Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders. Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ. Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care. I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus Jesus, who taught us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”- Rick Warren, Jan. 20 2009 Inauguration day prayer.
If you are a follower of Christ and His teachings you know God answers prayer. I do not know what America’s ‘Blessed’ status was before this prayer was prayed, I have only heard random rumors like ‘the nation was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ’, but then in the same breath we hear that Benjamin Franklin- one of our Founding Father’s- was a ‘Free Mason’, and acted in a non-Christian like manner. If History lies somewhere in the middle, than we can only look at where the Nation stands right now.
The scriptures that defend my positive statement of living in a ‘Blessed’ Nation are as follows: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Matt. 18:20) and “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (John 14:13)
Whoever it was that invited Rick Warren to pray over our country, was a brave man. I doubt that they would have known that he would pray a prayer in the name of Jesus- over our country, but he did. “…Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story...I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus Jesus, who taught us to pray“
Over 38 million people watched the President’s inauguration. According to scripture, only three had to agree. Only three had to agree in Jesus’ name that we are a Nation devoted to God. Only three had to agree that ‘History was His story’, only three had to agree to ‘The Lord’s prayer’, only three had to agree that Yeshua changes lives. Upon their agreement our President has been blessed, along with our Country. “… Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders. Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us.”
Who is Yeshua? Yeshua is “yeh·ho·shü‘·ah” – ‘Jehovah our Salvation’. Through the prayer of this man- Rick Warren- this country has been blessed, prayed for and repentant. We know though our own walk, that God answers prayer. We have prayed for healing, and received it. We have prayed for finances, and had our bills payed. We have prayed for salvation, and been saved. On January 20, 2009- our country, and President were blessed, and asked in Christ’s name for forgiveness. Praise God, for the blessing.
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*I was given this provocative question in Bible College, this is what I surmised.
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