Yes, I am poking the hornet’s nest. I want to know if you think this is okay. There are a little over 1 billion Christians in the world, while only about 300 million or so Americans. Can we as American Christians take two things we love and shove them together? Is it good for America/ good for Christianity to do so? I want to hear the wheels turning on this one.
Is there such a thing as a Christian nation? We live in a free country, where freedom of religion and expression are guaranteed rights of every individual. For many, that means we can practice Christianity openly and without fear. But the “establishment of religion” by the state is strictly forbidden. We do not live in a Christian nation the way Muslims in Iran or Afghanistan live in Islamic nations. We have separation of church and state; in those countries the church is the state. Ever hear of Islamic Law? Americans are not ruled by Christian law.
Sound Christians principles may be good for ruling America. But look at the red, white and blue cross again. Is that good for the cross? God established nations and thrones, and ordains the events of history. Heaven and earth will pass away – and that includes this great nation. Does making the cross of Christ overtly American demean the Gospel in some way? How do Christians in Russia feel about that cross? Or China, India or Ethiopia? I’m sure blonde haired, blue eyed Jesus has no problem with it. But what about the New Testament Jesus? You know, the one that was Jewish.
I’ve been American since the day I was born. My dad was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and my grandfather fought in World War II. I am not a veteran, but do teach American history. I have been a Christian since age 12. I am not ashamed of the Gospel or Jesus’ name. But think about the issue at hand a few moments and decide how you really feel. How mixed together should our Christianity and patriotism be? I feel very strongly both ways: let me know what you think.