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The United States
vs.
The Ten Commandments
Is America really a Christian nation?


One thing I always hear is how the United States is a "Christian" nation. But are we really?

Please don't get me wrong. I think the U.S. is the greatest place on earth. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Our country has done more to alleviate suffering, and promote human rights around the world than any other nation on the planet. Our standard of living is the envy of countries around the globe. We've established programs to help the poor and disabled. We've sent billions in foreign aid to other countries. We are, overall, a good nation. But are we a Christian nation, as many like to claim?

Well, to answer this question properly, we first need to establish what exactly is meant by the term "Christian." Webster's 21st Century Dictionary defines "Christian" as:

Hmmm. Well, a nation, as an impersonal entity, cannot be "a believer in Christ," so that one's out. Does the United States pertain especially to "believers in Christ, or to their churches?" Other than allowing us the freedom to worship (which applies to the other religions as well), not really. The 'establishment of religion' clause in the first amendment pretty much prevents anything beyond that. So that leaves the last definition: "Consistant with the teachings of Christ, especially regarding charity or salvation." OK, so what did Christ teach?

Well, most people will tell you that Jesus gave us the two Great Commandments. 1) Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength; 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. So, from this perspective, is America a Christian nation? Let's take a look at them individually.

Hmmm. Well, Christ also mentions the Commandments in various places in the gospels. So, just for kicks, let's take a look at them, and see how the United States stacks up. I'm going to go in reverse order from what they appear in the Bible.

After looking at all this, I'm afraid there is only one conclusion we can come to. The United States is a powerful nation. We are a nation that respects the rights of the individual. America does much to help the poor, and other nations. Overall, the United States is a good nation, but I'm afraid we can no longer call ourselves a Christian nation. At one point, we may have displayed many of the same values and virtues that Christianity cherishes, but not anymore, at least, not as a nation.

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