Healthy July 4th Skepticism

Today is July 4th, the Day we celebrate our nation’s independence.

I have long been a skeptic of the notion that we are a “Christian nation.” The Founding Fathers were mostly deists, which isn’t Christian.

Certainly our nation had Christian phrases and even biblical knowledge thrown around; we were more Christian than any other religion, but that’s still a far cry from being a Christian nation, which I would take as meaning a nation of Christians.

It should be noted that I don’t even think the church largely consists of Christians, so, you know.

The notion of us being a Christian nation stems from the anti-Communist propaganda of the 1950’s. The phrase, “under God” was added to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 by President Eisenhower. The bill proposing this addition was first introduced by a Democrat, by the way. The Pledge had been around since 1892 without being under anything.

Two years later, Ike also made “In God we Trust” our national motto.

People who grew up in the 1950’s are usually the ones who say we are a Christian nation, because that’s what our Cold War politicians were wanting us to believe. It was a great way to rally the troops against the evil, anti-God, Commie Pinkos.

The Church got played for political ends. The Church continued to be played right up through The Moral Majority of the 1980’s, until now we see the fallout.

After all our Church involvement in politics, we now have abortion, gay marriage, and any number of other things that are decidedly not “under God.”

Buying into government propaganda while simultaneously dropping off Gospel distinctives is no recipe for righteousness. We have reaped what we sowed. I say we go back to sowing the seed of the Gospel and let America do its thing.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.


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