There has been an ongoing battle near San Diego, California for a long time concerning a cross on a federal veteran's memorial, Mt. Soledad. The ACLU and an atheistic veteran wants it removed as they feel this says that Christianity is the "religion" of the nation (USA). A federal judge, judge Burns, said yesterday the cross can stay because...and get this.....the cross is a symbol of many things, not just Christianity.
Frankly, keeping crosses on memorials, Ten Commandments on walls, prayer in schools does NOT make a nation Christian. There are two main things that make a nation Christian. By a Christian nation it is meant a nation with many born-again Christians who have shown their values help society and therefore convinces others of that. The perfect scenario of course would be if there was a majority of Christians in a nation. If you're a Calvinist, that probably will look near impossible. If you are not a Calvinist, it might look possible and either probable. In fact, you might even think the United States IS a Christian nation.
It isn't. Not anymore, if it ever was in the strictly literal sense of the word "Christian."
Sadly, our Christian leaders lead us to believe that forcing a mish-mash of OT and NT law plus outward looking things such as posting the Ten Commandments on government buildings would magically "make" a nation "Christian."
It isn't as if we didn't know how to Christianize our nation. We learned back in 1976. All the rage back then was the musical by Jimmy and Carol Owens, If My People (written in 1974). It was based on the passage in 2 Ch 7:14 that says,
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
All of the evangelical churches were presenting this in the middle 70's and everyone had a midweek service where they fasted and prayed for the country. Well then, what happened? What went wrong? This is just my opinion, but I think it has merit. We here in America ignored one part of this passage - the word "humble." There was another component that they sacrificed - converting people. In the last decade the conversions in the evangelical churches have leveled off instead of rising. This is the first time this has happened since the Puritans arrived in the 17th century.
In other words, we've substituted the law as expressed in laws, rules and outward things for true conversion. There was a big flurry of evangelicalism in the 1960's and 70's and even into the early '80's but now we are hearing more about self-esteem, psychobabble, the environment and social justice in our so-called evangelical churches. By the way, this is almost EXACTLY what happened in the evangelical churches 100 years ago when it was invaded by liberal Protestantism.
I think it might be good, not to go back to the 1950's when we were at the same place - the law trying to change people - but back to the 1960's and '70's methods in some respects but postmodernizing the approach when needed to get this country back on track.
A country is only as strong as the strength of the evangelical church and its doctrine.....which should result in REAL conversions.
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