Answering a question: What is a Christian nation?
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) “that this is a Christian Nation.” That decision has stirred continuous debates between proponents and opponents for more than 120 years.

What is a Christian nation? The name “Christian” was attached to apostles-believers who made Christ the main theme of their preaching, teaching, healing, praying and conversation. A Christian nation promotes Christ’s lifestyle above all others, under specific duty to shape and mold the popular majority through forms of Christianity.

Since the United States does not match the pattern, the following features tell why:

Christ said to the church, not nation, “Upon this rock” as his supreme regard and the depository of sacred truths to be communicated to all people.

Christ also said, “My kingdom (nation) is not of this world,” and if it were, “my servants would fight.” This fulfillment is observed in our dysfunctional Congress where Christian Republicans and Christian Democrats engage in bitter strife.

The church, not nation, expresses faith and hope rather than doubt and fear.

The church, not nation, mandates love for one another.

The church, not nation, supports the Ten Commandments.

The church, not nation, heeds Christ’s directive, “Put your sword (firearm) away.”

A Christian nation may have warm feelings in professing the name, but few actually possess the life.

Isaiah J. Ashe
Huntsville
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