A Christian Nation. Really?

christian nation?

christian nation?

We aren’t, you big silly.  ‘Christian’ ideals are used as blunt instruments to bolster the antiquated and misogynistic agendas of male dominated sects.  If they were actually able to walk the walk as well as talk the talk, they wouldn’t be the threat to personal and civil liberty that they have blossomed into. The far right and fanatical Christians have morphed into an Ouroboros, and are trapped in their own never-ending loop along with the rest of us.

Modern Organized Religion At Work

Modern Organized Religion At Work

This country was founded not on the forcible application of religion, but the desire to practice religious beliefs without fear of persecution.  That is a sentiment sadly lacking in most churches today.  You do not believe as I do.  Therefore you are wrong.  I cannot cope with the possibility that you might continue to behave in a way I do not agree with.  Therefore I must find a way to legislate your behavior away.  If I do not want to play with the little red ball, it must be evil, and I will take it from you as well.  Have you seen these or similar sentiments in action around you?  I have, and I am willing to bet you have as well.  How is this attitude in any way a reflection of a prophet  as described by the very book upon which these people base their behavior?  WWJD?  I think he would explain gently that they have all missed the point entirely.

In response to the repeated smug assertions from the vociferous Christian historical revisionists that our country was founded by men who share their beliefs and would support their behavior, I offer these thoughts:

“The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”

George Washington

“Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a censor morum over each other. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”

Thomas Jefferson (Notes On Virgina)

“Religion & Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

James Madison (letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822)

“Religion, charity, pure benevolence, and morals, mingled up with superstitious rites and ferocious cruelty, form in their combination institutions the most powerful and the most pernicious that have ever afflicted mankind.”

John Quincy Adams (journal November 22, 1831)


One thought on “A Christian Nation. Really?

  1. Kristi says:

    Hey SarahJane! Thanks for the follow and the like on today’s post. I’m also happy to meet new bloggers, and even happier when they choose to follow my blog. 🙂

    I am a Christian person who doesn’t necessarily support the things that Christians support these days. Don’t get me wrong, I am a believer in the inerrant word of God (the Bible), but, like you, I don’t believe we’re doing it right when we try to make others live the way we do through the force of legislation. That is akin to trying to legislate Sharia law–not that I’m criticizing Muslims, mind you, I just don’t believe that such a diverse body of people ought to be governed by one religion’s law. Our government was founded on the principal of being “for the people”, which means that all who live in this country need to be represented. If we do not govern this way, we are in danger of tipping in favor of one group of people, usurping the rights of another.

    Jesus was simple in His approach—He said what needed to be said, and the people either followed Him or did not, and that was the end of it. The Bible teaches that God allows man his free will to make his own choices, and while He desires that we would love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind, and not perish (but rather, come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9), He will not force us to. It also teaches that He has a good plan for man’s salvation (John 3:16), but it is up to each person to decide whether they choose to receive this free gift. It is a personal choice that no government can or should regulate or force, because in doing so, that government creates liars of its citizens who are no closer to God than when they rejected His plan of salvation.

    I wholeheartedly agree with your comment:
    “This country was founded not on the forcible application of religion, but the desire to practice religious beliefs without fear of persecution.”

    Have a great day, SarahJane. I’m happy to “meet” you!

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