The greatest question that ever faces an individual is whether or not they follow Jesus Christ. One answer offers “eternal life,” the other “eternal fire”. The greatest question facing America as a nation today is the same, whether she is a Christian country, or whether she is not. All of the individual questions facing our nation today: sanctity of life and marriage, representation without taxation, illegal immigration, public education … they all lead back to this question. One answer offers a resurgence of liberty and freedom for all, the other tyranny and slavery. So, what difference does it make anyway?
First of all, it is important to know what Jesus Christ’s teachings are. He taught on many subjects and you can look throughout both the new and old testament for specific cases. All of his teachings though can be summed up by two commandments. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” As a nation, we must acknowledge the many blessings that God has provided us and that those blessings come not from our own efforts but from his kindness, grace, and mercy, “for no people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events of the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States” (James Madison). As an individual, we must treat our fellow citizens just as we would want them to treat us.
Secondly, it is important to note that our country was founded by men who believed deeply in God the Father of Jesus Christ. That belief effected how they set up America; you can see it throughout their writings. John Hancock, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence summed up the responsibilities of both leaders and citizens. “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” Thomas Jefferson, our third president, also acknowledged the ties between God and the rights of each citizen. “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” Mr. Thomas Paine summed up the relationship between America and God best. “But where; say some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you, friend, He reigns above.” The abundance of quotes and commentary by our founders and leaders thereafter, on their dependence and reverence for God, is enough to fill up volume upon volume. If America was set up by men who derived their rights from God, and who followed Him, it is impracticable and self-destructive now, over two centuries later, to say that we must have nothing to do with God and Jesus Christ in the laws and institutions of our country.
Christianity is the only system that provides equality before the law, justice for those in the minority opinion, and bases the worth of a man upon merit as opposed to race, creed, ethnicity, or gender. Look at the examples of other countries in the world. Communists monitor their citizens, restrict their access to news and information, and dictate how many children they can have. Even now the Chinese are herding thousands upon thousands of minorities into “re-education” centers. Islamic nations treat women as second class citizens, and harass and kill Christians and other minorities. Just within the last few years Pakistani politicians, who defended a Christian woman on death row simply for being Christian, were assassinated. India with Buddhists, Hindus, and others still has the caste system which controls social interactions, job placement and today, voting. Even the freedom enjoyed by people in Western Europe is but a remnant of the Christian influences on those nations.
That we were founded as a Christian country appears as immutable as is the fact that a large and increasingly vocal percentage of Americans are pushing to completely alienate us from that association with God and Jesus Christ. Perhaps we are even now past the point where we can vote our way out of disagreement. For how can you argue in good faith with politicians whose character is “deplorable,” who rally their supporters with the claim that “we’re going to impeach the m-f’er,” and who speak of the “the evil doings of Israel” against the backdrop of a region that continually supports terrorist organizations?
When politicians who claim to defend minorities introduce legislation for dissolving the Electoral College which was created specifically to prevent the mob from running over minorities, how much debate is left to us? Our founders could not convince the British of their need to be able to have representation in order to be taxed. The south despite having a valid argument of states’ rights, could not understand that they had a fatal flaw in their immoral attachment to the particular type of slavery they practiced. The allies could not negotiate with men who based the worth of men on supposedly superior racial heritage, and threatened their independence with the front end of a machine gun. Perhaps we now have a political class and those brother and sister citizens who support them, that will not be dissuaded from the idea that we will accept mob rule and a systematic destruction of the only system in the world that has given men and women freedom and liberty, rights given by their Creator, and worth based upon their merit.
This is the only system that will work for America. Generation after generation has acknowledged this to be true. For this reason we must reinstate the teachings of Jesus Christ at the heart of our beloved America … whether by voting or by other methods. As Patrick Henry stated, “Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First his Cromwell; and [King] George the Third may profit by their example.” Perhaps we might add to this, the Colonists had King George and Parliament, the North had the South, the Allies the Axis, and those seeking to remake America away from her founding in liberty and freedom granted by God may profit by their example.
-JT Cope IV