Monday, October 24, 2005

A Christian Nation

Is America a Christian nation? There are lots of arguments, blah blah blah... No it is not. I claim this out of the most common usage of the English language. America is not a country composed entirely of Christians, not to mention the "separation of church and state" that currently exists whether you like it or not. Whatever. I don't care to argue or address that particular issue. America isn't perfect... so what.

Well, what if there was such a thing as a "Christian Nation"? And to be admitted you had to be a believing, professing Christ follower (assuming that we could even really tell). This is one of the worst/scariest ideas I have ever come up with. First of all, how would the justice system work? Because, after all, we are still depraved beings who will sin constantly. Should we just extend grace to everyone, every time, because, "mercy triumphs over judgement." And who would want to go to this place? You can't affect anyone! How can God use you as an instrument to bring about His kingdom on this earth when you are isolated from every non-believer?

I know this post is a bit scrambled and poorly organised, but for comments, post what you think would be the scariest/worst thing about living in this "Christian Nation." Or any positives for that matter...

3 comments:

whoiam said...

wow....i thought i was the only one who had random thoughts flying around in my head....tee hee...i guess i am in good company....

i wouldn't want to live in this "christian" nation....

1. even though we as christ followers are taught to extend mercy, it would never happen....there may be a few times that it did, but for the most part, it would be pure mutiny....more than likely everyone would sit on their own exalted "high" horse and judge everyone elses short comings.....ie: the state of "the church" today...

2. we would not have the opportunity to do what we as christ followers are called to do....spread the kingdom and the love of christ....what a downer...

3. safe and secure is not always the best plan....where is the opportunity for stretching and growth???

4. nobody would value my cynicsm...tee hee

Jared Kirk said...

I respect people who choose to homeschool their children, because what it boils down to is: they know what their children need and I don't.

Having said that, Heather and I have decided to send our children to public school. Christianity is about thriving in the world, not isolating yourself from it.

Our view is that even if a child raised in an isolated environment had the skills to reach out to a lost world, they would probably lack the compassion. I don't judge because I have been there or I have friends that are there now.

whoiam said...

we pulled our kids from "christian" school last year...for financial reasons mostly...but it has proven to be an extreme blessing in disguise....

after we had decided to make that decision (last year), my son came home from his "christian" school and said, "Mommy, all Hindu and Muslim people are wicked!!!"

my jaw dropped....i asked him what he thought wicked meant...he said, "people that kill and rob other people"....that was it....Matthews Elementary was on my wish list....

i know the context the teachers were trying to get across to the kids was probably not what was interpreted by my son, but still....i later explained to jonathan that his pediatrician was a muslim....i think he got the point....