Many American Christians (ACs) believe this country was founded on Christian beliefs and that America is God’s country. And thus they justify what they consider to be taking back control of the government: putting prayer back in our schools, posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings and public places, putting Bibles back in our courtrooms, and demanding our public officials subscribe to conservative Christian beliefs and family values as ACs define them.
For some ACs it’s convenient and comfortable to believe America is special, that no other country is quite as near and dear to God, that we are more blessed and closer to God because of our history and the faith of our founding fathers. It’s also arrogant and narrow-minded and demonstrates a lack of understanding of God and Jesus Christ. It’s the kind of attitude that causes the likes of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and a few others to preach with smug satisfaction that the attacks of 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina are God’s punishments for America’s perverted lifestyles. Where did this idea come from? Certainly not from God, since the Apostle Paul taught clearly in the New Testament that God was not a respecter of persons, that he shows no favoritism. As far as I can tell, that also means He shows no favoritism to individual nations, picking and choosing His favorites. For a sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient God, the thinking of some ACs is embarrassingly naïve and self-centered.
Many ACs believe America’s founding fathers were particularly faithful to God, and that this country was thus one of God’s fair-haired children – until the homosexuals and others with similar disgusting practices came out of the closet and refused to repent. However, there are many Christian and non-Christian scholars who question the faith that our founding fathers actually believed and practiced. Despite what some ACs would have us believe, our founding fathers were not early incarnations of Falwell and Robertson, and some of them weren’t even particularly “religious.”
It’s true that part of our country’s foundation or constitution makes reference to God, but so do the charters and constitutions of England, South Africa, and several European countries.
Our founding fathers abhorred the blending of church and state. And the new covenant of Jesus Christ broke down the wall that partitioned or separated human beings into God’s chosen ones and those who would forever be His enemies, making us all one people and equally loved by God through Christ.
Although patriotism and allegiance to one’s country are appropriate and good to be celebrated and cherished, it’s a mistake to presume that God “loves us more.” And it’s an even bigger mistake to make such claims in the name of Christianity.