A Christian nation?
Ran across this guest commentary on the Episcopal Life Website over the weekend and found it very interesting:
Here's an excerpt:
[T]he Christian character of the United States is comparable to the "Christian character" of the Roman Empire following Constantine, or the "Christian character" of the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century. Christian trappings abound, but if one compares the Christian dimensions of the two empires with the teachings of Jesus, the differences are stunning.
Jesus counseled peace; empires practice violence. Jesus counseled humility; empires ruthlessly pursue power. Jesus counseled concern for the poor; empires exalt the rich. Jesus counseled modesty; empires embrace extravagance. Jesus counseled forgiveness and love for one's enemies; empires seek vengeance.
Like those ancient empires, America abounds in Christian trappings. Still, the United States as an empire embraces virtually all the values that have been common to empires for centuries on end: peace through violence, the rich over the poor, power over humility. …
If America were really a Christian nation, and if Christians were faithful to the mandates of Jesus, [they] would demand from [candidates] answers to where they stand on questions of war and peace, wealth and poverty, and domestic and world hunger.
The entire essay is impressive, read it if you have time.
And, what think? Is America a Christian nation?
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