In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?
“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.
Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders.
Is America a Christian Nation?
Surveys reveal new truths
By Holly L. Meade
“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea; Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free; Let us all be grateful for a land so fair; As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. God Bless America, Land that I love.”
The lyrics to this familiar song by Irving Berlin is a prayer for God's blessing and peace for America. It also is a reminder of this nation’s rich heritage that is rooted in a dependence on the Lord and His biblical principles.
The Pilgrims’ purpose, for example, was to plant colonies “for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith.” Many of the Founding Fathers were followers of Jesus Christ and for many decades leaders advocated God’s righteousness in government.
George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” A list of other presidents such as Adams, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Wilson, Hoover, and Truman publicly acknowledged that America is a Christian nation. Richard Nixon said, “Let us remember that as a Christian nation … we have a charge and a destiny.”
Nearly all of the first 119 American colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, William and Mary and Columbia were founded primarily to train young scholars in the knowledge of God and the Bible. In 1856, the House of Representatives declared: “The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
During the Civil War, the U. S. Senate requested President Abraham Lincoln “designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation.” In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court, which regularly relied on Christian principles as the basis of its decisions, made the following ruling: “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people…This is a Christian nation.”
But is this still the case?
According to a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute, most Americans do not believe this is a Christian nation. Forty-five percent agree that it was formerly and just 35 percent believe that it still is. However, 69 percent of those surveyed agreed that a belief in God is an “important part of being truly American.” Despite a decrease in the number of those who profess a Christian faith, LifeWay Research found that 53 percent of Americans also believe God has a special relationship with the United States, a figure that rose to 67 percent among evangelical Christians.
So how did a people’s mindset change from that of the Founding Fathers?
Obviously, this progression has occurred as a result of many factors. For example, in 1962 and 1963, the Supreme Court declared school prayer to be unconstitutional and the Bible was outlawed from public education institutions. It also is now lawful to kill unborn children and unlawful to display the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Throughout his political career, President Obama has repeatedly claimed that America is not a Christian nation. He asserted that while a U.S. Senator and repeated it as a presidential candidate. On a trip to Turkey the President announced to the world that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” Then, prior to visiting Egypt, Obama declared that America was “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world,” even though the federal government’s statistics show Muslims comprise less than one percent of the U. S. population.
In the book of Deuteronomy, God promised to bless the nation of Israel for obedience, but He also warned of judgment upon His people if His laws were disregarded. Americans now must decide between the biblical heritage given by the Pilgrims, centuries of presidents, congresses, and courts or the decisions of more recent court and Obama administration rulings. People should enjoy the freedom to say and to sing God Bless America from their hearts. But more importantly, Christians have God-given responsibilities as citizens to help turn this country back to its godly heritage. Of course, that starts with prayer.
- Christians learn the truth of America’s history and share it with others
- People vote for candidates who adhere to Christian principles personally and publicly
- America’s leaders will embrace a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Holly L. Meade has a masters degree and 20 years experience teaching Journalism, Mass Communications and developing content for the media, including radio and television.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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